The Losi kingdom is a part of the Barosteland territory which currently is in the middle of some political turmoil. A small group of people are threatening to succeed unless the Zambian government starts paying more attention to them. In fact many of the local people were boycotting the ceremony since the current King is in good standing with Banda, the President. Rumors were spreading that the ceremony would not even take place and that riots could break out. Luckily everything went as planned. though only about 1/3 the number of people attended. This however, worked to our advantage as we were able to see everything and get close to the action.
After some initial engine failures and organizational frustrations we were picked up by a passing banana boat and headed out to the island. Since we were late, we missed the launch of the Kings boat, but we luckily crossed paths with them as the rowers started on their 5hr journey down river. We choose not to follow the procession and instead headed back to shore were we met up with the King as he rowed into the Winter palace later that day. What followed was hours of celebration through dancing, drumming, offering of gifts, and a trip on our part to the local disco "moto moto" where we discovered that most Zambians dance alone in front of mirrors at clubs to perfect their endless hip isolatations. The next day was more dancing, singing, eating, drinking and we visited the local museum.
It was a great trip out of the city where we got to see another part of the country and breath some fresh air away from all our other responsibilities. Can't say that the overnight bus ride was all that great but Mom and I did see a hyena on the side of the road as we drove through Kafue National Park.
"My Other Home" Guest house was just that complete with hot water in the morning for bathing!
They even had set up a little washroom outside for us which was perfect to come home to after a hot sandy day!
The town of Mongu, really felt like the beach with no ocean for miles around.
Nora and Dennis overlooking the floodplains. All that you can see is covered in water durring the rainy season and is all plains durring the dry season.
I guess during the dry season it really is 25K to the river, not so much now! We heard the flooding spans over 90K on a good year!
This was the second of three boats we used. The engine almost fell off of this one!
The Kings boat. The Elephant represents strength.
This is the Queens boat. The bird represents authority.
Traditional dress is animal skins around their waists and lion manes on their heads. On top of rowing the men were dancing the whole time along with the steady thumping of the drums.
Moving day is not just for the king. We even saw people with the straw walls for their huts folded nicely in the boat to be reassembled on higher ground.
Near the Winter Palace
The arrival of the kings boat at the Winter Palace.
This is a good spirit, though he frightened many kids and looked like he was melting inside his wool clothing.
really it was...