• Short Summary

    The Aboure people, who migrated westwards from Ghana into the Ivory Coast about 150 years ago, celebrate every Easter Monday their "Festival of the Generations."
    They live on the bank of the Comoe river, mainly by fishing; and the two main objects of the Festival are to pray to the local gods for good catches, and also for blessings on their young children.

  • Description

    The Aboure people, who migrated westwards from Ghana into the Ivory Coast about 150 years ago, celebrate every Easter Monday their "Festival of the Generations."
    They live on the bank of the Comoe river, mainly by fishing; and the two main objects of the Festival are to pray to the local gods for good catches, and also for blessings on their young children. They also pray for protection against their enemies.

    The people taking part in the Festival are organised in four distinct age groups: the elders, who are fifty years of ago or ore; the warriors; the younger warriors; and youths of 15 to 20.

    Celebrationis start early in the morning. The "generation groups", led by their chiefs come out in traditional dress for folk dances and war dances. They move through the village in procession and down to the river, where they bless the water so that it may provide plenty of fish. In the afternoon they go to the cemetery for more prayers and music. The celebrations and dancing go on far into the night.

    SYNOPSIS: A traditional festival in the Ivory Coast - celebrated every Easter Monday by the Aboure people, who live on the bank of the Comoe river. They migrated there from Ghana a century and a half ago; most of them are fishermen; and one of the main purposes of the festival is to pray to the local gods for good catches from the river.

    It's called the "Festival of the Cenerations", and all those who take part come out in their separate age groups: the elders (over 50); the warriors; the younger warriors; and the youths under 20. Each one is led by its own chief.

    Ceremonial dances are one of the main features of the Festival. The dancers wind through the streets to the river and back; to the local cemetery and back. They start early in the morning, and go on far into the night.

    Beside praying for good fishing, and deliverance from their enemies, the people ask of their young children to be specially blessed at this time.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1PYPJKB9CQLMHPC8GTGWKNJW2
    Media URN:
    VLVA1PYPJKB9CQLMHPC8GTGWKNJW2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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