Umutomboko

This is nothing to do with the Ku-omboka, described above. It is an annual two-day celebration, performed in the last weekend of July, whereby the paramount chief celebrates the arrival of the Luunda people, the ‘crossing of the river’. It is held in a specially prepared arena, close to the Ng’ona River, at Mwansabombwe.

On the first day the chief, covered in white powder, receives tributes of food and drink from his subjects – the cause for much feasting and celebration by all. On the second an animal (often a goat) is slaughtered and the highlight is the chief’s dance with his sword.