|After a wonderful breakfast today which I ate together with the hotel mother, she invited me to a spiritual ceremony in a village an hour away from Harare. Of course I said yes, who wouldn't like to be a part of such a cultural ceremony?!
And it was even better then I thought it would be. I mean nearly everybody has seen a clip or at least read something about those ceremonies – I did. It was always something really strange for me since I have my problems with believing in the christian god; but believing in spiritual power and then different, that has been a bit too much for my rational mind. But when I was an active part of an expulsion of a bad spirit I understood all the intensity with which the shona people hold their ceremonies - it's so powerful! The “priest” is always a very respectful person and he makes you believing in what he says, no matter what. The ceremoni begins always with those impressive prayers, where you move your body, your eyes closed and the arms in bagging positions. Then there are different proccesses which variate depending on what you will reach with the ceremoni. But today we had sung together or prayed I didn't really got it, it was both just at the same time. And then we went into the water and we stood in a circle round the girl with the bad spirit and made special moves which remind on a dance and prayed again, while the priest and a helper conjured her. After a few minutes she got into trance, fell on her knees and she had punished herself if they hadn't prevented that and held her. This was the part in which the bad spirit which was called out of her body faught to stay inside the girl. But after a quart she sank down in the water, powerless and sleeping.
Her family carried her home and because of their gratefullness they invited us for lunch. Though the family was very poor, they slaughted their last rabbit for us, but none of us ate that much since they had to economize their money for over a year to pay the priest.
I'm still very impressionated!!