Roots: The Saga of an American Family Chapter 23 Summary

Alex Haley

Chapter 23 Summary

Kunta is led with the other boys to a small village (called the “jujuo”) with a new bamboo fence. Their hoods are yanked off and the boys stand squinting in the sunshine. Before them stands their “kintango,” the leader of manhood training with his assistants around to help him. The kintango looks upon the boys with disgust and informs them that they must erase their fears if they are to become men. Then the kintango and assistants beat Kunta and the other boys until they are thrown into huts, four boys each.

That evening, the first real work begins. The boys are made to march through the forest until daybreak. Although Kunta’s legs hurt, he feels a sense of pride that he already knows how to handle this kind...

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