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Tangoma Graduation Ceremony, GeGe, Swaziland 1981

Catalog Data

Creator:
Sully, Paul filmmaker (1949- )  Search this
Sound:
Gardsbane, Diane  Search this
Physical description:
1,440 feet (52 minutes) silent color video
Culture:
Swazi (African people)  Search this
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
Swaziland
Gege (Swaziland)
Africa
Date:
1981
Notes:
Supplementary materials: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection
Addl. KW Subjects:
Southern Africa
Summary:
Full film record documenting the rites of initiation and graduation of <tangoma>, Swazi herbalists and spirit mediums who are respected for their ability to communicate with ancestral spirits. Tangoma (singular sangoma) provide information about illness and misfortune and, through their training, heal with the use of herbs and other traditional medicines. Footage includes session of all-night drumming, singing, and dancing in the chief sangoma's homestead; processional dancing in the open compound; interior shots of the sangoma's dwelling showing ritual paraphernalia; test during which initiates must find a lost goat; and ritual interrogations of the trainees by tangoma.
Publications:
Sully, Paul, 1982 An Account of Fieldwork among Tangoma in Swaziland. manuscript
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Topic:
Ceremony--drumming--dancing--singing  Search this
Ritual--colors--symbolic objects--medicines  Search this
Ritual--animal sacrifice--adornment--goats bladders  Search this
Drumming--drums--double membrane--kettle drums  Search this
Ritual--preparations--space--medicines  Search this
Alcoholic beverages--beer drinking--ritual specialist--ceremony  Search this
Adornment--initiates--hairstyle--plaiting--rubbed with red clay  Search this
Adornment--ceremony--initiates--necklaces--leg rattles--beads--vests  Search this
Speech--stylized--initiates--diviners--interrogation  Search this
Rites of passage--separation--testing--reincorporation  Search this
Drumming--polyrhythms--drumming techniques--entertainment  Search this
Rites of passage--initiates--seclusion--hut  Search this
Dancing--ceremony--choreography--counterclockwise--processional  Search this
Dancing--ceremony--ritual specialist--whistles--whigs  Search this
Ritual--dancing--paraphenalia--staffs--fly wisks--vests  Search this
Animal sacrifice--spear--blood--basin  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Music  Search this
Instruments--musical instruments  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1983.7.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218237