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sengamozm
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« on: August 05 2009 »

After the death of the keeper of the shrine, Jonah Syamenga Syankondo on Saturday morning the lwiindi ceremony was called off. The burial is set for today and, as I write, the convoy is on its way to Maamba to collect the body at the morgue. The late was a brother to Chief Sinazongwe.
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« Reply #1 on: August 05 2009 »

The procession of seven vehicles is reaching Maamba now. The coffin is in one vehicle accampanied by close relatives and spirit mediums. One truck is carrying a buntibe group that started playing on arrival of the coffin in the late mans home.
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sengamozm
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« Reply #2 on: August 05 2009 »

As some men wash the body of the late Jonah, the Syanumba buntibe group is performing outside the morgue. They will continue all the way back to the burial site where they will be joined by sinazongwe buntibe group joined by Simonga of Siachilaba, Zimbabwe.
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« Reply #3 on: August 05 2009 »

The body has been washed and placed in the coffin, inclined slightly to face left. After placement in the coffin, we were asked to leave and the doors closed.
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« Reply #4 on: August 05 2009 »

The procession has reached the malende shrine which is to be the final resting place of the late. It has become necessary to extend the grave as the coffin is longer than the grave. Simonga is now performing as the grave is extended.
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Peter Kuthan / AZFA
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« Reply #5 on: August 30 2009 »

Dear all,

Find a brief report on the Lwiindi and its cancellation. I will be
documenting the processes of burying a person with the Malende spirit,
which is different from a "normal" persons burial.

Warm regards,

Sengamo

The lwiindi ceremony in Sinazongwe, Zambia came to an abrupt end due
to the death of the keeper of the Shrines. The” Keeper of the Shrines”
who happened to be a brother to Chief Sinazongwe, died on Saturday,
1st of August in the morning. He had been complaining of a headache
and some pains on his left back and chest since Friday.

Up to sixteen chiefs were expected at the Lwiindi Maliko ceremony but
some had to turn back on the way after receiving news of the death.
“The ceremony cannot go on as he was the keeper of the shrines and
carried the spirit that goes along with the job” said Chief
Sinazongwe. This means that the next ceremony will be next year when a
replacement has been found.

Chief Siachilaba and Simonga from Binga, Zimbabwe had travelled for
the ceremony together with the District Administrator of Binga
District and the Artistic and Communications Manager of Tonga.Online,
Sengamo Ndlovu.

The Funeral will be on Wednesday, 5th August and Simonga, together
with Sengamo have remained to help in the burial of the late Chiefs
brother. Only Chief Sinazongwe and his sister now remain in the family
as one of the chiefs sisters died last year.

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