BOUKOUT, A RITE OF PASSAGE
The initiation into the secrets of life
Diassy is a Diola. The Diolas live in Casamance, the southern region of Senegal. They have always been farmers; it is even said that they were the first to plant rice in West Africa.
They also have strong traditions, the Boukout being perhaps the most significant of them all. One does the Boukout to become a man, to be initiated into the secrets of life. This rite, which only takes place far and wide and attracts thousands of people, will allow Diassy to take his place in society.