“Kapoli” / ‘to stand up from hoeing’ in sacred pool.  Heyshott Farm, Zimbabwe 1996
 “Tidyenawo” / ‘let’s eat together’  Chatewa village, Kachindamoto District, Malawi 2000
 “Chimbano” / ‘the big trap’ A cross between a crocodile and a bull, Chimbano’s name derives from ‘kubana’ (to steal)  and his fierce teeth ‘kupana’ (a trap).  His blackened face symbolizes death, while his large horns indicate his power, but also his indulgences with sorcery.  Chimbano courts death and misfortune upon the village by failing to observe the ritual ‘coolness’ of the sexual abstinence and morality surrounding burial and mourning.  Kudzoye village, Dedza District, Malawi 1999
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 “Pedegu” / ‘the orphan’  The deaf orphan, Pedegu is unable to provide for himself as he paid no attention (was deaf) to the teachings of his elders and now, as an orphan is incompetent and impotent and loudly mocked by the village women. Kalindiza village, Kachindamoto District, Malawi 1999
 “Ndapita ku maliro, nkhuku mutsekele” / ‘I went to the funeral, lock up the chicken’  Presenting a toothless old man with bulging cheeks and walking stick, Ndapita… warns young people of the village to observe the traditional rules of ritual coolness during the time of funeral rites, lest they create conditions of “ndulo”, a wasting sickness caused by ‘cutting’ the rules of culture.  Lunguzi village, Kachindamoto District, Malawi 1999
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