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The ritual functionaries found in most African societies include priests, lineage
and clan elders, rainmakers, diviners, prophets, and others. Very few of these are
specialists; typically they hold ritual authority by virtue of age, genealogy, ...
In this way a ritual act becomes a social statement, which then flows into
recreation as the formal dancing by the Gelede team gives way to free
participation by spectators until sunrise. The great Efe holds a central position,
entertaining his ...
The hybrid dances reveal every conceivable shade of stylistic adjustment.
Introduc- Adaptations of mazurka, waltz, and other European tion of dance steps
occur in some ritual dances as well as in Iberian such secular couple dances as
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