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    Initiation Ceremonies and the Evil Side of Them

    As we are approaching August and schools nearing close, elders in different districts are preparing for initiation ceremonies for the year. Known as chinamwali in Chichewa, these are ceremonies that ‘initiate’ one from being a child to an adult. This is a practice done by most cultures, but most common in the southern region of Malawi. As I am in the quest of learning more about the different cultures in Malawi, I wanted to share this piece. Although widely covered, I still wanted to share the evil side of initiation ceremonies even though they remain practiced. From a young age, I knew about the existence of initiation ceremonies. As a…