The Dipo rituals which are carried out by the Krobo in Ghana consists of two separate rituals of both a public and private nature (Simmons, 1987). The private ritual continues for three weeks and is intended to impart knowledge about "the finer points of personal grooming, female conduct, domesticity, and, finally, the arts of dance and seduction. Following this, the girls must succeed in a test which involves a ritual encounter with Tekpete, a stone which is sacred; it determines the status of their virginity and their ability to perpetuate the traditions of Krobo womanhood. Following these events, the women dance for men and potential husbands. The males have also had to participate in certain rituals for their own rite of passage.A male specific ritual can be witnessed within the Maasai. Different ceremonies form the basis for the learning of brotherhood and how to be a true warrior or husband. The most significant ceremony is the "Emuratare". The "Emuratare" is the circumcision act that is mandatory before Maasai boys become warriors, this occurs between the ages of 14-16. Prior to the ritual, they are must herd cattle for seven days to show they are worthy of being called a warrior. Cultural Differences between the male and female adolescent experience.
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