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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
To the ancestors

Mutomboko is one of the biggest and most significant ceremonies in eastern and southern Africa, although beyond the region it´s nearly unknown. It is held by the Luba-Lunda people from Kazembe state in Mwansabombwe/Kazembe, northeastern Zambia. People are coming from all over the country and even from neighboring DR Congo. Mutomboko is the war dance of the Luba-Lunda, danced by the king Chief Mwata Kazembe at the end of two days of rituals and paying homage to the ancestors, dancing and chanting. On the first day around noon a convoy is going to the Battleground of Ketele north of Mwansabombwe, where Chief Mwata Kazembe is paying homage to the ancestors. At a sacred place he and his counselors are communicating with the ancestors before throwing flour and grains into all four cardinal directions.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2016
Date Uploaded: 09.2016
Photo Location: north of Mwansabombwe/Kazembe, Zambia
Camera: LEICA Q (Typ 116)
Copyright: © Ulf Krone