Tag Archives: ceremony


Aboriginal snake ceremony

Leaves being attached for headdress

Building up the headdress

Base of headdress completed

Many hands attaching seeds to the snake dancer

Blood being painted on snake dancer

Ochre and kangaroo fat being applied to the snake dancer


Front view of snake dancer

Side view of snake dancer

Snake dancer covered in seeds

Screenshots from Adventure – Quest under Capricorn – 1. Desert Gods of a snake ceremony.

This is a David Attenborough series from 1963 which I recommend watching.


Initiation ceremony of a girl in Ticuna society

The Tropen Museum in Amsterdam is a really good visit if you are ever that way. I took a zillion photos, more later…



From this site:

(CHINA OUT) Tu ethnic minority group men perform the ‘Wutu’ Dance around residents’ houses during an annual exorcism ceremony at Nianduhu Village on January 8, 2007 in Tongren County of Qinghai Province, northwest China. The village holds a ceremony to drive out evil spirits every year, in which they will choose seven strong men to perform the ancient dance ‘Wutu’, which means tiger in ancient time. The men will apply ashes and draw lines on their bodies, villagers then put Chinese bread and meat on the sticks of the Wutus. The more food Wutus took, the more luck they were considered to bring, as the villagers think Wutus take away bad luck and evil. In the end of the ceremony, Wutus will wash themselves in the river symbolizing getting rid of the evil. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

I actually have an anonymous relative who went to China to get exorcised because his parents thought he had been voodooed by someone and had become possessed. Click the read more to see the our chat transcript about what it was like. You might know of the chinese yellow papers and the chicken referred to in the chat from the awesome film, Mr. Vampire?

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