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Henauka Wowine, a coming of age moment for girls

  • Nadira, 7 years gold, walk into her family room at the Pajam village in Kaledupa Island,  Wakatobi regency, Southeast Sulawesi, on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.  Antara/Rosa Panggabean

    Nadira, 7 years gold, walk into her family room at the Pajam village in Kaledupa Island, Wakatobi regency, Southeast Sulawesi, on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

  • Family members of girls participating in the Karia ceremony are busy putting on makeup. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

    Family members of girls participating in the Karia ceremony are busy putting on makeup. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

  • Nadira poses for her grandfather. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

    Nadira poses for her grandfather. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

  • Nadira is watching Doraemon cartoon tv show. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

    Nadira is watching Doraemon cartoon tv show. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

  • Heart-shaped decoration at Nadira’s house. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

    Heart-shaped decoration at Nadira’s house. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

  • Girls – who have been dressed up – are being carried from their houses to the nearest field for the Henauka Wowine coming of age celebration. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

    Girls – who have been dressed up – are being carried from their houses to the nearest field for the Henauka Wowine coming of age celebration. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

  • Girls will step their feet on the soil for the first time during the ceremony after being circumcised and isolated. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

    Girls will step their feet on the soil for the first time during the ceremony after being circumcised and isolated. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

  • Each girl participating in the Karia ceremony is accompanied by their mothers and grandmothers. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

    Each girl participating in the Karia ceremony is accompanied by their mothers and grandmothers. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

  • The girls take part in the landa futa procession in which a religious leader will grease turmeric in the girls’ forehead and feet and pray for their future. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

    The girls take part in the landa futa procession in which a religious leader will grease turmeric in the girls’ forehead and feet and pray for their future. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

  • A family member captures the proud moment with her mobile phone. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

    A family member captures the proud moment with her mobile phone. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

  • Girls who have gone through puberty and have passed the isolation period are waiting for their turn to be carried to the field. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

    Girls who have gone through puberty and have passed the isolation period are waiting for their turn to be carried to the field. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

  • Chairs – which will be used to the ceremony participants – are being decorated with colorful fabrics. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

    Chairs – which will be used to the ceremony participants – are being decorated with colorful fabrics. Antara/Rosa Panggabean

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