The end of the month of Ramadan--when Moslems must fast during daylight--is greeted with prayers and festivities by 400 million Moslems.
GV People dancing in costumes and painted all over
CU People dance with giant head-dresses--aircraft, ships, etc. (4 shots)
CU Child dressed as cat
SCU Children in costumes as tigers
GV Dancers dressed as warriors, and drummers
SV Children dancing in circle.
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Background: The end of the month of Ramadan--when Moslems must fast during daylight--is greeted with prayers and festivities by 400 million Moslems. The ceremonies associated with Ramadan are usually associated with Moslems in long, white robes kneeling on prayer mats. But, in Upper Volta, the end of Ramaden is signalled by an entirely different spectacle--the Dodo festival. In the Dodo, youngsters dress up in weird costumes--some reflecting ancient myths, other depicting modern devices such as aircraft and tanks--and dance to the frenzied beat of drums.
SYNOPSIS: A traditional ceremony in Ousgadougou, the capital of Upper Volta. It's much appreciated by outsiders. But few of them could guess its significance.
The weird costumes, the frenzied dancing, are all to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Moslem month of ???asting. Throughout Ramadan, local youngsters look forward to the moment the moon is sighted on the last night. Elsewhere in the Moslem world it is a time for prayer, but in Upper Volta it is a signal for these unique celebrations.
Some of the dances represent ancient local myths, while others reflect a general thanks that Ramadan is over|
Although most of the participants are young, the people of Upper Volta don't regard the dodo as just children's games. It is part of their culture; it displays their choreography, their music, and their history.