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Monthly Photos June 2012

Photos taken by ILCAA staff and associates are posted here once a month; most of them are taken during their field research in Asia and Africa.

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Kuomboka ceremony in western Zambia

In western Zambia, the Zambezi River floods from February till May every year.
Toward the end of March when the water level reaches the highest, there held a ceremony called kuomboka. In the ceremony the king of Lozi people inhabiting this area moves from one palace in floodplain to the other in the upland by Narikuwanda boat with many paddlers. A lot of people including chiefs and ministers serving the king, local people, the president and ministers of Zambian government, tourists from foreign countries, and TV and radio crews come to see the king’s arrival to the upland.

* Kuomboka means ‘to get out of water’ in Silozi, the main language of this area.

MAR 2002
in Limulunga, Western Province, Zambia
Photograph by Rumiko MURAO

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