Warangi/Waburunge rock art, Tanzania

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Warangi rock art is found in the Kondoa District in central Tanzania. It comprises a series of images of spread-eagled human-like figures, some with elaborate head attachments. The images are finger painted and in white.

This is a highly localised tradition of art, concentrated in a few specific places. These areas are still remembered as venues for traditional initiation ceremonies for boys. Initiation practices of this kind were banned soon after Tanzanian independence and so memories of the art and how it was connected to the ceremonies are fading.

Only a few people today remember aspects of the significance of the rock art. It seems that the art was integral to initiation instruction, but that today it is no longer used.

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