CommunityThe Sway of the Wino wa Akishi

The Sway of the Wino wa Akishi

A line of boys, a part of the Chokwe People, performing a part of their initiation ceremony. © African Ceremonies

The Wino wa Akishi is a bottom swinging dance performed by initiates holding onto vines suspended from the top of the initiation camp fence. They are led by a man who wears a 3ft Raffia phallus which he gyrates rhythmically. To inspire the boys and as a symbol of their newly found manhood. Inside the initiation enclosure the initiates wear thick raffia skirts and practice the many dances they have been taught by their ritual elders.

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