Inside Africa – Gabon and Cameroon ritual ceremonies

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When practitioners witness this trance like kind of mindset then they are in the know of the way of contemplating the purity of the symbolic embodiment of a particular mindset. 

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In West and Central Africa there are lots of religious and traditional ceremonies and practices which manifest themselves in communal predictions in which the members of the community are overtaken by a force, and there is a sudden excitement to the extent of going into meditative trance to respond to rhythmic drum beat and singing.

One religious ceremony practiced in Gabon and Cameroon is the Okuyi, practiced by numerous Bantu ethnic groups. In this case, provisionally, a region drum or play instrumental rhythms by esteemed musical artists; the music that is played in most cases are unique to a given deity or ancestor. In most instance participants represent a particular deity, ancestor, energy or state of mind by performing specific ritual movements or dances which will progressively enhance the people’s elevated consciousness.

When practitioners witness this trance like kind of mindset then they are in the know of the way of contemplating the purity of the symbolic embodiment of a particular mindset.  This form the bases for the skills developed for the separating of feelings caused by mindset emanating from their manifestations.  Same separation and further meditation of the source and nature of pure energy and feelings help the people manage them when they occur in ordinarily.

This is how control and transformation into the right cultural behavior, thoughts and speech are accelerated in the community. Moreover, this exercise can also prompt those in the trance-like state speaking in strange and ambiguous language, which when interpreted by a cultural educated initiate or a spiritualist can give further explanation to better direction which the community will implement towards the achievement of their set task

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