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Horendi (1972) Jean Rouch; Rare Documentary on African Dance Ritual
Horendi (1972) Jean Rouch; Rare Documentary on African Dance Ritual


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Product Code: HORN

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No dialogue.

Horendi treats the relationship between music, ceremony, and dance. Horendi focuses on what ethnographer Luc de Heusch has called an "endorcism", a ceremony in which Songhai women learn not how to cast off spirits, but how to host them through ritualized dance.

The title of this film translates literally as 'to put on a hori,' a hori being the Songhay term for ceremony of festival. Here it is used to refer to a ganandi, literally 'to make dance' This film concerns two women whom the zima [priest] had diagnosed some monthes before as being ill through possession by spirits. In the meantime, their families have gathered together the resources to pay for the musicians, dancers, and the priest himself to put on an initiation dance lasting seven days This is a film of documentation, simply recording various moments in the progress of the ceremony, without any form of explanation, neither in intertitle cards nor in voice-over.

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