Illinois Wesleyan University Swahili Expressive Arts Collection (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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Spectators at the Zefe Procession
Spectators at the Zefe Procession
TitleSpectators at the Zefe Procession
SubjectSwahili Dance
Religious Life and Customs
Maulidi
Lamu, Kenya, Africa
20th century
DescriptionOne of the most significant ceremonial activities performed by male pilgrims to Lamu during the Maulidi celebrations is a visit to the gravesite, where Habib Saleh and other local saints are buried. After prayers, pilgrims process in a parade (known as zefe) along Lamu's seafront singing songs that praise the Prophet Muhammad. Spectators gather to catch a glimpse of important visitors and guests who have come to Lamu to participate in the ceremony.
CreatorRebecca Gearhart, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois Wesleyan University, rgearhar@iwu.edu
Collection NameSwahili Expressive Arts Collection (Illinois Wesleyan University)
RightsRebecca Gearhart, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois Wesleyan University retains the rights to this material. Permission to reproduce these images must be granted by Professor Gearhart. Please contact her at rgearhar@iwu.edu for more information.
Date.Original1995
Date.Digital2007
Format.Original35 mm photograph
Format.Digital.jpg
Type.OriginalEvent
Type.Digitalimage
Digitization SpecsScanned using [scanner type] with [software]
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