Lwiindi Ceremony

when:

Nov 2012 (annual)

where:

Victoria Falls

At the Lwiindi Ceremony, the chief of the Toka-Leya leads his people down through the spray to the Victoria Falls gorge. Offering sacrifices to their ancestors in thanks for the rain, the tribe also pays thanks by dancing and signing.

The Toka-Leya live in the Livingstone District, in the south of Zambia. Mosi oa Tunya is what the local tribes have always called the spectacular cascade that Livingstone decided to call after his queen. It translates as “the smoke that thunders”. It is a spiritual place for locals. They believe that it is the home of the spirits of their ancestors.