(2 photos) Ed’s challenge instructions this week said it would be an archive photo for obvious reasons when his prompt was the rainbow connection. On scrolling through my huge archive could I come across the one photo of a rainbow that I knew that I had taken. Yes, you’ve got it in one I didn’t …or at least I didn’t before I came across this rainbow of colour taken at one of the many circumcision ceremonies I attended on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu.
In August, September and October the ceremonies are held to welcome the 3 to 8-year-old boys back from the bush where they have been kept for around three months following an extremely painful circumcision performed by the clever using a piece of sharpened wild cane. A whole chapter is devoted to this ceremony in my book Nightmare in Paradise which will be out soon. (I hope)
You can see why I immediately thought ‘rainbow’ when I saw these photos in my archive.