Performance Art in Central African Republic

Live art in République centrafricaine.

The Central African Republic (Sango: Ködörösêse tî Bêafrîka; French: République centrafricaine or Centrafrique) is a landlocked nation in Central [Africa]. This country of Ubangian, Bantu, and Sudanic people was a colony of [France] from the late 19th century through 1960 when it gained full independence. Political instability has hampered development despite mineral and agricultural potentials. The majority of citizens adhere to Christianity or indigenous religions with a minority embracing Islam.

The puppet theatre in the Central African Republic dates from pre-colonial times. Its origins in ritual remain evident, especially during religious, family or social ceremonies, such as marriages, agricultural festivals, etc., to the present. Offerings and sacrifices are made to gods and guardian spirits to bless agricultural, hunting and fishing activities. These celebrations, formerly of a carnivalesque nature, come with great popular rejoicing where dance, music, and theatre play a major role.  

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