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Certain initiation rituals were meant to transform youth into adults by awakening them to environment, agriculture, oral history of society and to provide them with marriage advise.  This was done via particular memory exercises with the aid of proverbs,  symbols, sacred objects, songs and dances. In Central Africa the procession of young girls to be initiated ends near a watering hole or a lake. The girls are bathed ritually before coming back to the village where a celebration is held in their honour. This is a truly  spiritual/religious process during which the connection between the visible and the invisible, between the actual world and its origins is enhanced. The ancestors play an important role as they function as intermediates between those different worlds. They are asked to intervene in favour of their descendents. Oil on canvas / 81 x 130 cm / 2005 / Available
Central Africa