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SCARIFICATION

Benin - January 2009 - Many Otomari still opt for scarification, including young women, who have incisions made to their backs and stomachs when they reach puberty, a "proof of courage" according to Bintou . The ceremony have a process of initiation is of great social importance and the rites of the ritual have special symbolic meanings. Scarification is used as a form of initiation into adulthood, beauty and a sign of a village, tribe, and clan.

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Scarification
Benin - January 2009 - Many Otomari still opt for scarification, including young women, who have incisions made to their backs and stomachs when they reach puberty, a "proof of courage" according to Bintou . The ceremony have a process of initiation is of great social importance and the rites of the ritual have special symbolic meanings. Scarification is used as a form of initiation into adulthood, beauty and a sign of a village, tribe, and clan.