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Initiation, oil on canvas / 130 x 81 cm – (51.1 x 31.8 in.)  / 2014

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.

The girls are bathed ritually before coming back to the village where a celebration is held in their honour. This is a truly  spiritual 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.

Archives de l'Afrique Noire - Editions de Lodi 2002
Spiritual process of young girls

Photographer : Unknow
initiation ritual

Central Africa
Central Africa



Photo 1 : Archives de l’Afrique Noire – Editions de Lodi 2002