12 Cults And Secret Societies Of Africa
The Sande is a female component of the men’s secret society, Poro. Until someone has been initiated into one of these societies, some villages will not acknowledge her as a member. Becoming a member can involve circumcision, or being “kidnapped” and taken to a special school where Sande candidates learn about the society’s history and culture. It’s rumored that a special school for initiates takes place in the bush with special markings around it to let outsiders know they cannot come in. At one point, trespassing the bush school was said to be punishable by death.