This section is devoted to a selection of memories from the often distant past. They relate to various chapters in my or the family’s history. The African ones happened when we were living in a small bush town Kaoma, in the Western Province of Zambia. We were there in the latter half of the 1970s. It has, of course, changed greatly since those days.
There were a number of different tribes whose areas converged on our part of western province. One of the tribes had this custom of when a number of boys in the area had reached the age when they could be admitted as men into the tribe they had to undergo a special rite of passage. The details of what happened...