• Short Summary

    THE NEW LITUNGA OF BAROTSE PROVINCE ON FRIDAY (MARCH 14) TOOK PART IN THE FIRST KUOMBOKA CEREMONY SINCE HE WAS APPOINTED.

  • Description

    THE NEW LITUNGA OF BAROTSE PROVINCE ON FRIDAY (MARCH 14) TOOK PART IN THE FIRST KUOMBOKA CEREMONY SINCE HE WAS APPOINTED. GODWIN LEWANIKA, WHO WAS APPOINTED AS LITUNGA AFTER THE DEATH LAST NOVEMBER OF HIS HALF-BROTHER SIR NWANAWINA LEWANIKA, PARAMOUNT CHIEF OF THE LOZI TRIBE, WAS BORNE IN THE COLOURFUL ROYAL BARGE FROM LEALUI TO LIMULUNGA.

    THE NEW LITUNGA WAS INSTALLED LAST DECEMBER AS LEADER OF THE 500,000-STRONG TRIBE. HE IS 65 YEARS OLD AND WAS PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY IN THE NOW DEFUNCT CENTRAL AFRICAN FEDERATION.

    EACH YEAR, AFTER FLOODWATERS HAVE SWEPT ACROSS THE BAROTSE PLAIN IN ZAMBIA, THE LITUNGA IS CEREMONIOUSLY TRANSFERRED BY BOAT. TO A DRY TOWNSHIP ON THE FOREST EDGE.

    AFTER TWO DAYS OF DRUMMING 10 CALL THE PADDLERS OF THE PROVINCE TO THE RIVERSIDE, THE KUOMBOKA CEREMONY STARTS WITH A PROCESSION FROM THE LYANGAMBA (PALACE) TO THE KUTA (COURTHOUSE) WHERE THE LITUNGA CONFERS WITH A COUNCILLOR WHO IS IN CHARGE OF LEALUI IN HIS ABSENCE.

    BEFORE SETTING OUT, THE PADDLERS DON ANIMAL SKINS AND LION MANES - DRESSES WHICH SIGNIFY THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LITUNGA'S STATE BARGE. DRUMS AND XYLOPHONES SOUND AS THE SUMPTUOUSLY DECORATED BARGE MAKES THE 10-MILE (16 KILOMETRE) JOURNEY TO THE FOREST EDGE AT LIMULUNGA. A FLOTILLA OF ROYAL BOATS AND CANOES FOLLOW THE ROYAL BARGE.

    AS THE BOATS APPROACH, LOZI TRIBESMEN BEGIN TO DANCE AND SING TRADITIONAL SONGS - ONLY PERFORMED ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS. ONCE ON LAND, THE LITUNGA MOVES IN PROCESSION TO HIS PALACE ON TOP OF A HILL AND RECEIVES ROYAL GREETINGS AT A SPECIAL PAVILION. PADDLERS THEN DANCE THE LISHOMA, A THANKSGIVING FOR THE LITUNGA'S SAFE ARRIVAL.

    THE LITUNGA AND HIS COUNCILLORS STAY AT LIMULUNGA UNTIL THE FLOOD WATERS RECEDE AND THEY CAN MOVE BACK TO THE SUMMER CAPITAL OF LEALUI.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8I5WW7L9PJWI0RJXT600J9U8N
    Media URN:
    VLVA8I5WW7L9PJWI0RJXT600J9U8N
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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