The Initiation of the Sun is a ten day rite of passage and purification, culminating in a fifteen hour long initiation ceremony. This painting depicts the Nima (shaman) about to perform a fire cleanse of the Bandzi’s (those undergoing initiation).
 Detail of painting showing the assembled village participating in the ceremony. They flinch and cover their eyes as the flame torch passes overhead.
 Whilst dancing, the Nima repeatedly straddles the central fire, (another fire torch made from the resin of the sacred tree Okoumé). To the left of the fire, the contents of the large bowl receive the energy of the ceremony in preparation for its use in a river baptism that takes place as the sun rises the following morning.
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