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The San people of the Kalahari 1959

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Trance Dance

The Dance of Exorcism of the San People of the Kalahari Desert

Every culture has its own concept of good and evil and its own rituals to banish evil spirits.

On the vast African continent, filled with myths and fables, the San People of the Kalahari Desert have a unique and dramatic way of exorcising their evil spirits.

The Dance of Exorcism of the San People of the Kalahari Desert is a ritual trance ceremony which draws out evil spirits from the afflicted. It is performed by the natural leader of the group who combines the role of priest, doctor and psychiatrist. He absorbs the evil forces and spews them out onto the burning embers of the fire in a final act of purification.