Initiation

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Oil on canvas / 81 x 130 cm / 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. 

Spiritual process of young girls

Central Africa

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