The Path of the Ancestors: The Funeral of the Diviner of Dablo
An extremely vivid and detailed document of the prayers and offerings made at the funeral of a traditional African religious leader. The funeral of Mr. Sawadogo, the Baga, or chief diviner, of the Mossi village of Dablo, in northern Burkina Faso. I interviewed Mr. Sawadogo in 2004, and he appears in my video "Speaking With God." He passed away in the fall of 2010 and was buried three days later. In the spring of 2011 the village held his formal funeral, attended by six other diviners, when his successor was chosen by the ancestors and numerous chickens and goats were sacrificed in his honor. You will see all of the fascinating performances of the diviners as they carry out the honors for the deceased Baga. The joking relatives mime the serious events of the funeral. The women of the family back through the broken door of his home over the corpse.
WARNING: There are scenes of animal sacrifice. This is life in Africa. If animal sacrifice is too difficult for you do not order this video.
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