Friday, April 9, 2010

Ceremony, Ritual.

1. Traditional Russian dress

2. TONGREN COUNTY, CHINA. Tu ethnic minority group men put on their make-up before the 'Wutu' Dance during an annual exorcism ceremony at Nianduhu Village on January 8, 2007 in Tongren County of Qinghai Province, northwest China. The village holds a ceremony to drive out evil spirits every year, in which they will choose seven strong men to perform the ancient dance 'Wutu', which means tiger in ancient time. The men will apply ashes and draw lines on their bodies, villagers then put Chinese bread and meat on the sticks of the Wutus. The more food Wutus took, the more luck they were considered to bring, as the villagers think Wutus take away bad luck and evil. In the end of the ceremony, Wutus will wash themselves in the river symbolizing getting rid of the evil.

3. TAXKORGAN COUNTY, CHINA. Friends and relatives present buttermilk to the groom during a wedding ceremony of Tajik ethnic minority group on September 24, 2006 in Taxkorgan County of Kashi Prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. The wedding ceremony of Tajik people is usually grand and will last for three days, during which people will sing, dance and hold the lamb snatching contest. Guests will scatter flour on the newlywed's house and the groom will apply flour to his face, which symbolizes auspiciousness. Tajik ethnic has a population of over 41,000 and most of them are distributed in Xinjiang Region.

4. Initiation ritual in Malawi, Africa.

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