Dhapi Ceremony

This is showing the little boys getting painted for the circumcision ceremony. We call it Dhapi. They stand over the fire and it burns their feet, knees, hands and mouth. It teaches them not to steal or swear, and to show respect to girls. It puts them on the right track. It’s how the young boys learn about respect.

This is my grandfather’s design.

– Wally Wilfred

76 × 56 cm | Acrylic Paint on Paper | Cat. no: 431-23