The Dance of the Fon

The Dance of the Fon, or Dance of the Flutes, is an annual event, held in December, in the Fondom of Bafut, Cameroon.This ritual is celebrated since 1516. For one week, the villagers performs traditional dances, scarifies to spirit and ancestors. The village nobles play traditional flutes and fire guns to mark the proceedings. It is the climactic point of the annual ritual cycle, and is supposed to signify the death and rebirth of the year. The ethnic dance is performed in traditional dress. The structure of the dance is based on a ring ceremonies and a concentric rings around the spiral in a counter-clockwise fashion.