Photo 63 – UBB-HAA-521

Circumcision festivities with procession of women carrying objects related to food making as well as others related to male activities like hunting and warfare. This procession is called “ferangabia” which in Fur language means “the dance of the gazelle”. Note the cowrie shells (Fur: “kandura”, Arabic: “wadda”) in women’s hair: the shape of cowrie lends itself to metaphoric association with the vagina (Fur: “sendi”).

Jebel Si area, Northern Darfur.

Photo: Gunnar Haaland, 1969

Photo 63 - UBB-HAA-00521