|Floyd Morgan holding the ancient 'Dor-kpa' an elephant tusk horn.|
|President Sirleaf Johnson visits Zondo on April 23, 2011 |
(photo by Floyd Morgan)
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'Beater of the Lappa'
Sure enough when we arrived we were welcomed with over 15 minutes of ancient Bassa songs accompanied by the Dor-kpa. I have still to get these three songs translated, but the Bassa people with me told me that one of the songs was sung in ancient days for a great warrior or chief when he entered the village. Another song was sung to us as if we were hunters returning to the village with an elephant. It was a song of rejoicing as an elephant could feed everyone in the village for months. The last song had something to do with the community and having each other’s back. We were getting a royal welcome!
As you can see from the video above the men’s bodies are painted with white spots. This is the traditional war paint of the Bassa people and represents leopard spots. The fact that these are warriors greeting us somehow symbolizes respect to us. We were greatly honored and blessed to meet the wonderful people of Zondo.
|The Spotted Man with The Ancient Horn Himself!|