Fête du Dipri

In Côte D’Ivoire there is a cleansing festival held every year in the month of April known as the “Fête du Dipri” (which translates to festival of Dipri) in Gomon, close to Abidjan. This festival starts around midnight, when the women and children who are practically naked sneak out of their huts, and are carrying out nocturnal rites to exorcise the village of evil spells . Before sunrise, the chief appears, drums pound, and villagers go into trances. The frenzy continues until late afternoon of the next day.

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