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the late Mwene Kahare, king of the Nkoya Mashasha, prostrates himself in order to drink from the sacrificial traditional beer which is contained in a enamel bowl sunken to the rim into the ground, at the temporary royal ancestral shrine at the end of his royal dance during the Kazanga annual ceremony, 1991. Note the basket with currency notes about to be offered to the shrine. The bowl replaces the human victim's skull-cap stipulated by custom

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