African traditional ceremonial dancing.
Traditional dance from Guinea, West Africa.
#traditional#afrcan#dance “Traditional African dance is an essential element of Africa’s cultural heritage because it is the living expression of its philosophy, and the living memory of its evolution and cultural wealth over the centuries.”
-Approximately 30% of the people are Muslim. Predominantly in the larger and more populated cities of Guinea. -Less than 10% are Christians. -The remaining 60% retain their animist indigenous religion. Animist Beliefs remain strong among the coastal islands and have not been influenced by outside religions, though Christians and Muslims incorporate many of the animist beliefs into their religions - Bijagos Islands, Guinea Bissau, Wester Africa
Bijago girl in her traditional initiation regalia.
Bijago have traditionally resented all centralized authority,whether Portuguese,*French*, English, German or contemporary government officials. In 1447,when the Portuguese explorer, Nuna Tristao, tried to conquer the Bijagos, they killed him instantly because they do not want any form of rule except their matriarchal traditional system that create chiefs to rule them.
Bijago warrior dancers displaying their intense dancing skills.
Danza africana con sus instrumentos.
Swazis dancing in a cultural village show.
Hermosa pintura de la vestimenta de la una tribu africana. Foto de: Sarah Lindenauer.
Zulu Kingdom. Dance and clothing.