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Sun, 07 Jan 2018 14:19 - Updated Sun, 07 Jan 2018 14:19

Cunene: Omakuto Ovambo tribes revive cattle feast

Ondjiva - Traditional shepherds from the locality of Omakuto, Namacunde district, province of Cunene, recently promoted the ritual of the "edano leengobe", feast of cattle, which consists of the election of the best ox, pastured during transhumance and the best shepherd.

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According to the organizer of the event, Moisés Kafenge, the festival is held annually, but stopped happening in the region after 19 years, due to climate changes (dry and flood), which mainly focused on the development of animals, due to lack of pastures.

This time, he explained that the largest herdsmen in Omakuto, a total of 20, decided to gather their shepherds to revive the traditional feast in order to classify the best animal as regards quality and weight, thus passing the testimony to the new generations.

This event served to preserve aspects of the region's culture and to convey to the new generation the importance of it, which is accompanied by tales, songs, local folk dances and a banquet made up of typical foods and drinks, such as Omavanda, massango, omalodo, ohalende (brandy), besides the slaughter of several heads of cattle to give the guests.

The festival coordinator added that the ceremony served to address the habits and customs left by the ancestors.

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