Young boys in Muslim families have such a period in their lives when they wear girl’s dresses. It means they have just undergone the circumcision rite. Of course other children do not lose a chance to make fun of them, but all these physical and moral sufferings are soon rewarded with a stack of bills.
We want you to see now how they arrange one of the most important rites in life of every Muslim – circumcision.
Only the final stage of the rite, an operation, is the same for every Muslim. But what happens before and after can vary when different peoples are concerned. The Kurds start rituals three days before the main event, for example. Traditionally, relatives of the hero of the occasion, are all there to dress … sheep.
There must be three sheep, they are painted and decorated with ribbons. Then they are sent to a priest and their further destiny is unknown.
Two days later they arrange a feast with friends. The boy in white is the hero of the occasion.
“Asad” is the name of the boy.
The guests have already come.
They play traditional musical instruments – a Kurd drum and a flute.
Those who will perform the ritual and relatives are coming.
Meeting the hero of the occasion. The guests start dancing, hugging one each other. The main figure among them all is mother of Asad.
The ceremony is very solemn.
Asad accepts his congrats.
Asad and his friends are sitting where usually newlyweds sit.
Women start dancing.
Asad doesn’t look too happy. He remains thoughtful.
During Kurd holidays men sit separately…
… from women.
Guests bring cash gifts as much as they can afford.
The next day the collected sum will be given to the parents of Asad and they won’t know how much this or that guest has contributed. It’s rather helpful for the family of Asad because they have to spend much for all the rite.
Here is a happy father – tomorrow his son will become a true brave and a Muslim.
In the morning Asad looked sad, he confessed he was afraid.
This day the family of Asad has guests again, but only the closest people.
Grandmother, grandfather and aunt of Asad have come from Baku, Azerbaijan.
His great grandmothers are also here.
The men are giving support to Asad.
“You are joining our club, boy!”
The sacraficial lamb is being prepared for the festive table.
Final words of support.
Only men can enter the room with Asad.
The man is reading a Mohammedan prayer.
Everyone performs his/her own part of the ritual. Women wash their feet with cold water – it’s done in order the life path of the boy could be easy and favorable.
They put sweet water on the sills to protect the boy from an evil eye.
Then the women leave and wait in the corridor. Mother of Asad starts crying. It’s not hard to understand her because Asad undergoes circumcision too late due to some problems with his heart.
It used to be a mullah who performed circumcision – a special person who had necessary skills. But lately parents trust surgeons more. Because it is a surgical operation.
This man is a professional urologist. He is often called for circumcision by Tatars, Kurds, Kazakhs etc.
In ancient times analgesics were not used and boys could already run in five minutes after an operation. Today surgeons make local anesthesia, of course.
Godfather of the boy is there to support him.
That’s the very big moment.
Asad only cried a little and everyone started to applaud.
His friend imagined how painful it must be.
The wound is sewn up and treated with antiseptic.
Today boys can shoot the process on a camera.
When the operation is over, the women are let in.
They come to Asad, congratulate and kiss him.
Father and godfather should wash their hands together according to the old tradition.
It means their new connection – now and forever.
The last ritual – they drink the sweet water from one glass. Why? In order the further life of Asad could be as sweet as sugar. И
Here’s the deserved reward for the hero. The boys says he still doesn’t know how he will spend it.
This is how a new Muslim looks like.