Monthly Archives: March 2013

Palm sanday on Behance

Palm sanday on Behance.

By Anthony Pappone

  •  I photographed the religious feast of Palm Sunday (hoseanna) in Axum.
    it is celebrated before a week of Easter. It commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ with the disciples into Jerusalem. People welcomed Jesus by spreading palm branches. The best place to observe this ceremony is at St. Mary Zion Church in Axum.
    the culmination of the festival is when pilgrims and priests pray all togheter under a big  ficus tree.
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Voodoo in West Africa on Behance

Voodoo in West Africa on Behance.

By Anthony Pappone

  • I photographed the religion of voodoo in West Africa, this religion in ancient traditions, the voodoo is the official religion of Benin.
    the voodoo means spirit or deity was born in West Africa more precisely in benin, but is also practiced in Togo, Ghana is Burkia Faso is other neighboring countries.
    the europe or american believe that voodoo is ‘black magic that is’ evil but it is
    false, the voodoo religion is based on respect and peace.
    the fundamental bases of the voodoo religion are:
    voodoo priests.
    the fetishes that contain the power of the spirits.
    dance music.
    divination.
    dances with masks.
    ceremonial dances.
    Animal sacrifices to give thanks to the spirits.
    objects magical.
    the veneration of ancestors.
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Ceremony of bull jumping, hamer tribe on Behance

Ceremony of bull jumping, hamer tribe on Behance.

By Anthony Pappone

  • I photographed the Bull jumping ceremony in the bush near turmi, is a rite of passage ceremony for boy coming of age.
    must be done before a boy is permitted to marry, the boy must jump the cows four times to be successful.
    This test is performed while naked except for a few cords bound across the chest as a symbol of the childhood he is about to leave behind him.
    On completion of this test, the young man joins the others boys who have recently passed the same test and who spend the next few months of their lives supervising these events in villages throughout the Hamar territory.
    The ceremony lasts a few days of celebration, including the typical jumping dances, accompanied by as much sorghum beer and a drink made of coffee.
    Dozens of Hammers gathered in a place to start the ceremony, which is initiated by highly decorated young women most of them female relatives of the young boy, whom danced in circle and begged to be whipped by the maz, which is a group of single men, who has already gone through the adulthood test.
    With their bodies covered with grease and their bare backs bleeding from open wounds, these women continued to eagerly ask for more whipping.
    They received the whipping with long and thin branches and sticks- without crying or showing pain.
    Through these scars for life, these woman demonstrate their strength and their devotion to the boy who is about to become a man.
    As they get beaten and performed the dance, they created natural music by wearing iron trinkets and bells around their ankles, as well as blowing some animal horns every time they jump or walk.
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the spirit of the masks on Behance

The spirit of the masks on Behance.

By Anthony Pappone

  • I photographed in Dédougou(north of burkina faso) the festival of the masks FESTIMA, Festival International des Masques.
    lasts one week and you have a chance to admire the masks of Burkina Faso and other West African countries.
    It is said that when a person is wearing a mask on the face, they embody the spirit of the mask they wear.
    during the dances, is the chief  that controls the mask because the person inside the mask goes into a trance and can lose control.
    music and dances are performed throughout the day and the night, there are also clothes made ​​of leaves, fiber feather dresses, white dresses, suits and straw animal skins.
    The masks belong to the tradition animist and come out at the end of the dry season to ask for rain.
    masks are made of wood painted in black and white and represent, in a stylized way, the animals, the monkey coyotes crocodile and antelope, are as high as one meter and a half and they weigh many kilos. are worn by boys “initiates “that dance in trance to the sound to the rhythm of drums and balafon that a xylophone craft, which is built with a particular wood and uses pumpkins as a sounding board.
    the music is haunting and masks dance imitating the movements of animals representing with the aid of two sticks in order to simulate four legs.
    the masks of leaves BWA are a true artistic masterpiece, are covered fully small bundles of leaves the body is contained by strips of bark.
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The Diversity of Mali on Behance

The Diversity of Mali on Behance.

Bu Anth0ny Pappone

  • You’ll find many different ethnic groups in Mali: Bozo, Fulani, Bambara, Malinke, Tuareg, Dogon. I photographed the culture and ancient traditions of some of these tribes during visit.Music for the Malians is very important, therefore I participated in the music festival on the Niger river. I saw the life in small villages on the shores of the river, I walked through the alleys of the city Djenne with its majestic mosque in mud. I spent some days with the Pays Dogon, people who come from the stars, with their animist religion and the cult of the masks.

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Ashanti funeral in Kumasi

ashanti funeral in kumasi on Behance.

by anthony pappone 

  • I attended the Ashanti funeral  in kumasi, is been a unique opportunity to understand the culture traditional Akan people.
    The Ashantis are well known for their strict observance and cooperation during funeral
    are celebrated to commemorate the deceased and are a unique event that takes place after the burial. It celebrates the transition of the soul of the deceased, into the ancestral world where it becomes a protective spirit for the clan, therefore highly venerated.
    The Ashanti funerals In Asante Culture the death of a person is seen as a blow to the entire community and everybody shares the grief.
    Family, friends and acquaintances, sometimes in their hundreds, take part in the celebrations.
    The participants dress in accordance with tradition, the dress worn by relatives is in red while the others wear black cloth and every piece of gold jewelry their bodies can support.
    There are many rituals: giving offerings to the spirits of the ancestors, food, drinks, traditional dances accompany him in the world of the ancestors in a flurry of
    drumming and wild dancing
    The ashanti chiefs attending the funeral in the shade of large red and black colorful umbrellas surrounded by their court.
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yemen, the land of dreams “arabia felix”

Yemen, the land of dreams “arabia felix” 

By anthony pappone 

  • I was one of the last tourists to photograph the Yemen before the outbreak of the Civil War with the fall of longtime President Saleh.
    the Yemen is a unique country; different from all others, it seems like you’ll go back in time. It has maintained its tribal culture and there’s only little of influence of tourism.
    Today, Yemen is often put on the “black travel list” for tourists, even though it’s a fantastic country and the people are very hospitable.
    I visited all the regions: the capital Sana’a with all its beautiful palaces decorated and carved windows; the cities of ibb, jiblah and Taizz with ancient mosques.
    the tribal villages of thula, hababa, We walked through the countryside in the surroundings of manakha and al hajjarah the Northern mountains;
    the economy of the villages is based on the sale and consumption of qat (natural drug with the principle of LSD) comes from a leaf of a plant.
    the seaside villages the region of thiama with The historic town of Zabid is renowned for its 86 mosques, with madrasas attached, and domestic architecture.
    and finally I visited the tribal region where you’ll come across Hadhramaut , the city ‘old shebam Manhattan of the desert, seyiun and wadi dawan it’s the ancestral home of the extended Bin Laden family…..
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tièbèlè, the painting village, of the people Gourounsi on Behance

tièbèlè, the painting village, of the people Gourounsi on Behance.

By anthony pappone 

  • In the south of Burkina Faso,there is a village near the border with Ghana, is a small size, called Tiébélé. This is the home of the Kassena people, one of the oldest ethnic groups who settled in the territory of Burkina Faso.
    i photographed the life the people and architecture of the houses  richly decorated mud walls.
    The Kassena people build their houses entirely of local materials: earth, wood and straw. Soil mixed with straw and cow dung is moistened to a state of perfect plasticity, to shape almost vertical surfaces.
    Tiébélé’s houses are built with defense in mind, whether that be against the climate or potential enemies.
    the homes are designed without windows except for a small opening or two to let just enough light in to see, Roofs are protected with wood ladders that are easily retracted. 
    the walls of the houses are decorated and hand painted by the women of the village done just before the rainy season and protects the outside walls from the rain.  varnishing with néré all make the designs withstand wet weather, enabling the structures to last longer.
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Dipo Ceremony, Krobo, Ghana on Behance

Dipo Ceremony, Krobo, Ghana on Behance.

By anthony pappone 

  • I photographed the dipo ceremony of the Krobo people.
    Africa many cultures celebrate the passage of a child towards adulthood. Among the hills Krobo of Ghana, young girls carry on an ancient tradition. Every year, girls undergo a transition to adulthood.
    In the beginning of the Dipo each woman Enters a house where they shed Their clothing representative of Their childhood and put on a new, mature set of clothing by Their ritual mother. Then, they shave Their Heads and wash in the river Which is meant to cleanse the body and spirit in preparation for womanhood.
    During this ceremony they dance to music to celebrate Their passage into wmoanhood, Represent and their Families by wearing handmade beads passed sown for generations, but most imnportantly to impress a suitor and the tribe’s chief With Their new found grace and beauty.
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L'ALGERIE, SES COUTUMES, SA CULTURE, ET SES TRADITIONS.

Une petite fille juive de Constantine, c1860s

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