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the dipo ceremony of the krobo girls in ghana

Ready for the Outdooring Ceremony.

 

The Coming of Age is a significant occasion for many African cultures. In Ghana, the Dipo ceremony is one of the most important events of the year. However, modern influences may be threatening its long-term future.The Coming of Age is a significant occasion for many African cultures. In Ghana, the Dipo ceremony is one of the most important events of the year. However, modern influences may be threatening its long-term future. Africa many cultures celebrate a child's Coming of Age. In the Krobo Hills of Ghana, young girls carry on a centuries-old tradition. Odumase is a Krobo village famous for its bead-making industry. Every year at springtime, eligible young maidens undergo a passage to womanhood. Also known as "outdooring", the Dipo Ceremony is in danger of becoming extinct. Historically the Dipo lasted up to two months, but the expense has made this an impossibility for most families. Over the past two decades it was reduced to two weeks and is now only five days.

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Taken on May 10, 2005