Sierra Leone's secret societies | Inquirer Lifestyle
Raka Soko, a traditional healer and Poro society member is deep in prayer while holding a broom and a bottle filled with spiritual wine that is purified to show gratitude to the gods before a ceremony in Waterloo on November 26, 2018. - Standing across the field from him another member, Amos Nicol, holds a statue of the spiritual god Sama Yorbu which is used to communicate directly to other gods for permission to perform. For youngsters in Sierra Leone, the end of a year in class can entail secretive tribal initiation rites far older than school, at a risk of scars and lifelong troubles. Women and men in the villages safeguard ancestral traditions and cultural knowledge pertinent to their separate sexes and take in boys and girls to start their grooming for tribal duties. (Photo by LYNN ROSSI / AFP)

Sierra Leone’s secret societies