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Shai Initiates Performing the Klama Dance

Carol Beckwith1993

African Ceremonies

African Ceremonies
Friday Harbor, United States

At the end of the first week of ceremonies marking the conclusion of the first stage of initiation, the girls put on Dipo-pe straw hats and white loincloths symbolizing purity and perform the Klama dance, which emphasizes the graceful movement of hands and feet. With small rhythmic steps and heads turned demurely downward, the dancers embody quiet elegance.

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  • Title: Shai Initiates Performing the Klama Dance
  • Creator: Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
  • Date: 1993
  • Location: Ghana
  • Copyright: copyright Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

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