Visual display of the Initiates (Babyen) on Last Night of Initiation

Initiates (Babyen) on Last Night of Initiation

  • October 23, 1953 - November 9, 1953
  • The initiates (Babyen) have been caught on the village "square" and are then hemmed in behind a big hunting net.
  • The phases in these initiation rituals of the Kuba-Bushong are: preliminaries; first masks in village; "wall"; induction through wall and tunnel; camp in bush (no pictures!); forays of boys near village; return to village and dances of snake and salt; captured in net and the eating of rats; firebrand thrown over the wall at the end.

Details

Other title
  • Kuba-Bushong Initiation Rites
Photographer
Vansina, Jan
Date
  • October 23, 1953 - November 9, 1953
Collection
Description of Originals
  • Black and white Photograph
  • Landscape
  • image/jpeg
Subjects
Source
Vansina, Jan. Art history in Africa. Addison Wesley Longman Ltd, 1984.
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