Five positive African rituals the western media will never talk about

Nduta Waweru Sep 11, 2018 at 09:00am

September 11, 2018 at 09:00 am | Culture

Nduta Waweru

Nduta Waweru | Contributor

September 11, 2018 at 09:00 am | Culture

Kalanga women’s dancing group. Photo: Wiki CC

The Rain Ritual

The Kalanga tribe of Zimbabwe and  Botswana have a traditional dance specifically conducted for rainmaking.  The ritual usually conducted in August comes with two dances: the hoso and the hosana, which feature heavy use of drums.

To dance the hoso, you have to be male.  The dancers have a specific kilt for the dance that can have any other colour apart from red, as red is considered the colour of blood and death- an antithesis for the rainmaking ritual.

They also wear headdresses made of ostrich feathers and hold in their hand a flywhisk and hand rattle.  They then dance at an arena surrounded by supplicants, who sing, dance and ululate to encourage the dancers.

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