Visual display of the Initiates (Babyen) "Eating Mice"

Initiates (Babyen) "Eating Mice"

  • October 23, 1953 - November 9, 1953
  • The initiates (Babyen) have to bite live mice as the final stage of their ordeal.
  • 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
Description of Originals
Black and white Photograph
Landscape
image/jpeg
Source
Vansina, Jan. Art history in Africa. Addison Wesley Longman Ltd, 1984.
For Staff
METS