A great annual festival took place in Douala this week-end. It is called the Ngondo festival and it gathers all the Sawa people (people from the coast).
Many events have been surrounding this animist celebration dedicated to the "Jengu" or "Ondine", the gods from the Wouri river : dances from each tribes of the City, traditional fighting, a traditional Miss election, etc...
The climax of the celebration occured this morning when hundreds of thousand people are gathering to the river banks to watch the elected diver disappear under the water for 5 to 10 minutes (don't ask me how...) to collect the message from the ancestors in a large basket and bring it to the traditional chieves of Douala who will translate it to normal Human Being.
According to the message, we'll know quite soon if 2007 will be a wealthy year or not...
The diver was the thin man with the nice glasses. He just left the pirogues after his diving and he's going to meet the chieves who are waiting for this important message. Among various magics, he's supposed to leave the water completely dry.
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mtulika (88) 2006-12-03 13:35
Expressive image. The tribel doctor and his attendent present a funny pi9cture.
ondrej (211) 2006-12-03 13:42
Interesting note, interesting picture. Thanks. This is exactly why I love TrekEarth. The guy on the left is really funny. Looks like a cartoon figure to me.
ryno (6863) 2006-12-03 13:43
Hi Steven, this is culturally very interesting, and it's also a good photo. The excellent detail in their clothing and accessories hold the viewer's attention. They really are an eye-catching couple. Regards,
bantonbuju (51781) 2006-12-03 13:54
this is marvellous - rhytmic dance of the two men is so plain, so clearly recognizable, this photo has loads of charm,
best wishes, jerzy
mlopes (494) 2006-12-03 14:32
what impresses me most in this photo is the quality of the file, well done. The scene is colorfull and cheerfull but i find it too far from the action.
SamB (1948) 2006-12-05 3:05
Nice work, the bokeh on this one is veryy well thought out and organized. i like the dynamic position of the main two men, also. The composition is nice, with the main subjects well proportioned.
Albrecht (11281) 2006-12-05 13:07
What a lovely scene;Good use of DOF and good compo and colours. Well captured moment there.
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-12-03
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L USM IS, Digital RAW, Hama UV 77 mm
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: LIVING IN CAMEROON
- Theme(s): Traditional Costumes of Africa II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-12-03 13:29