Thus, the Fulbe and Balante say that some circumcised men are so brave and have such contempt for pain that after the circumciser has removed the foreskin, they show him their index finger and say: "You can also cut my finger".
The customs of the Balante highlight the complexity of this process.
In Guinea-Bissau, the major ethno-linguistic groups are the Balante, Fulbe, Manjack, Manding and Papel.
Data collection was through participant observation carried out by a member of the team in a Balante zone of Guinea-Bissau, where he followed the whole process of preparation for and carrying out of male circumcision and the leave-taking afterwards, and conducted individual interviews with key informants (male and female) from selected ethnic groups and focus group discussions with mixed ethnic groups.
In contrast, the Balante make a distinction between "small circumcision" (Foo ntiufa) and "large circumcision" (Foo or Fanadoo Garandi).
Although it is an important rite of passage among the Balante, it also has religious dimensions.
Thus, the Balante perform the ritual of male circumcision in their rice fields, where it symbolises their homage to their dead ancestors and to the resources of the Earth.
The Balante consider sexual relations between a man who is not circumcised and a woman who is a virgin as particularly serious, as they think it can cause a terrible disease called Pusoonu, whose symptoms are similar to those of AIDS.
Darryl also discovered that TALEBAN, an alternative spelling, can be transposed to BALANTE
, a Sudanese Negro people of French Senegal and Angola, found in Webster's Third.