The Memoirs of Bindute Da

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In the village of Vourbira, in the Lobi country, Burkina Faso, people celebrate the second funerals of Bindute Da. Outstanding cultural and historical event, the ceremony is, beside the unchanging rituals, the scene of a collective improvisation, final meeting between past and present. In order to welcome the deceased, each of his nineteen wives prepares sorghobeer in large jars because Bindute Da will be present, along with all his deceased folks. A soothsayer tells us Bindute Da’s last will and we are going to attend to his life, mimen by his own children. Evocation of a great farmer, gallant elephant hunter, strict but considerate father, recollection of a young man’s departure, enlisted in the French army, recollection of a great chief…