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    Thousands of people celebrated the ancient religious festival of Pam-Yam in Klekpe-Agomeda, Ghana, on Saturday (10 April).

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    Thousands of people celebrated the ancient religious festival of Pam-Yam in Klekpe-Agomeda, Ghana, on Saturday (10 April).

    Pam-Yam, which dates from the 17th century, is carried out to please the gods of Mantse so that they will provide a prosperous new year.

    It was once a time of praying for success in battle between the tribes of Ghana.

    Now, in peaceful times, it is celebrated with a colourful parade featuring "warriors" and women dancing in traditional dress.

    Chiefs -- descendent from the ancient war leaders -- head the parade through the town's streets carrying sacred "stools" on which they later sit and discuss the past year and take stock of what the coming year is likely to bring.

    SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people gathered in the town of Klekpe-Agomeda, Ghana, on Saturday to celebrate the ancient religious festival of Pam-Yam.

    The festival, which dates back to the early 17th century, was once used to please the gods of Mantse and ask them for victory in war.

    Now, in peaceful times, the tribes gather, not to do battle, but to ask for prosperity in the coming year. "Warriors" and women in traditional dress dance to the sole accompaniment of drums. Chiefs, descendent from the old war leaders, head a parade through the streets carrying sacred stools. After the parade they sit on the stools at a meeting to review the past year and consider the coming year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACKSFTH4SQD4ZXPRUGJXVX4HT6
    Media URN:
    VLVACKSFTH4SQD4ZXPRUGJXVX4HT6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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