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by Farida Dawkins, at 05:00 pm, October 11, 2018, Culture

5 fascinating ritual dances performed for centuries throughout Africa

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Dance may be a form of stress relief, a pastime or as an exercise routine for some. Nevertheless, in Africa, dancing takes on a form of art, ritual or as a way to induce a particular outcome.

Dance in Africa can also take on the form of social recreation, prayer, and devotion or sometimes has no clear indication of a particular purpose other than entertainment and merriment.

Other dances are organized whether a person or a community is in need of support; for instance, there is a lack of a needed resource or an individual is sick and needs healing.

Scroll through the list to learn about five ritual dances performed throughout Africa:

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