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Tente I

Tente, the mushroom that the crocodile ate


Since the 15th Century, Geneva and its region have been exporting magical sticks and wands to shamans, sorceresses and magicians from as far as Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Their most precious sticks were coming with special instructions and rituals, in order to maintain their magic. The winter solstice ritual is one of those. In Zambia, back in the 16th Century, Her Royal Highness Chieftainess Tente – the mushroom that the crocodile ate; She whose spirit is slippery and appears like as a season; Sovereign of the chiefdom of baLafuni, those to whom water flows – made it correspond to their traditional rain ritual. In order to make this rain ritual more powerful, Tente has been traveling to Geneva, where the power of the stick is even stronger, every year for the past four centuries. For the first time on screen, we will show the preparation of this ritual with Tente, her assistant Iluba Lya Muyayaya, and an unnamed ritual musician.

A film by Afulodidim Nikefolosi produced by the Noisebringers.

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