Rite of passage

Carrie-Ann Piers (C'00, center) receives a ritual cleansing from (left to right) Trisha Taitt (W'00), Shannon McDougal (C'99) and Jasmine Sykes (C'00) as part of the Nyanka ceremony, a traditional African initiation ritual for young women. The ceremony was part of African Rhythms' spring show, "Afenhyiapa!", performed at the Iron Gate Theatre Feb. 26-28.

Photo by Daniel R. Burke

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Originally published on March 18, 1999