The Wali Ceremony
Images of the Mwali ceremony - Circa 1990 - Western Zambia.
Traditional African body paint and scarification.
These images were taken in the early 1990's at a Wali ceremony, north west of Kabompo.
It happens that the Katemokavamwali is danced at the boys mukanda .
Ila Speaking Girl with a Katemokavamwali - Zambia Initialled Underside
Miniature hoes called Katemokavamwali were danced at female imitations called mwali in Angola, DRC - Congo and Western Zambia. Katemokavamwali literally means the hoe of the female initiate. Katemo is hoe, vamwali is of (va) women (mwali) or female initiate... so; Katemo ka vamwali.
This object is available from Galerie Ezakwantu at the Status Objects page.
For the most part blades were carved from wood or forged by an ironsmith. This example has a wooden blade, was once part of the Southern African Heinz Papen Collection and most likely dates to 1900 -1920.
A second example on offer boasts a laminated ivory hilt and blade.
By the 20th century, a tradition of laminating flywhisks, staffs and chimbuya axes with sections of ivory had been established. This is one of only two Katemokavamwali known to us with ivory blades.
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