Louis SarnoDate of Photo:
Central African RepublicRegion/Place:
Film Negative 35 mmSize:
Donated 1997 April 18
Ejengi spirit dance at Mongengé villag. Ejengi is dressed in raffia [seen in 19188.8.131.52] and is spinning round towards the centre of the frame. A group of eleven men form a loose circle around the spirit and one man is approaching the spirit with sticks, while behind him another man approaches carrying an upright stick with a palm leaf attached to the top. The men guide and control ejengi with sticks and other material. The man second from the left wearing a white shirt is Aketé, whose voice can be heard on recordings 19184.108.40.206 and 19220.127.116.11. Images 1918.104.22.168 to 1922.214.171.124 are all taken in Mongengé village and most depict aspects of an ejengi ceremony.