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By Dan Beard

Fig. 82: Ocuya, the Aponos' Dance, Africa

Ocuya, or Giant Dance

If you will look on your map of Africa, just below the equator and between longitude 11 degrees and 12 east,  you will see where the Aponos dwell, a very honest, irresponsible, light-headed set of natives. For several months each year this tribe does nothing but dance, sing, and drink palm wine. When the wine season is over they settle down to ordinary pursuits, and would find no place in this book if it were not for the fact that one of their weird dances is performed on stilts. 

This entertainment is called the Ocuya, or Giant Dance. Ocuya is made of wickerwork, with a big wooden head and wooden arms. Monkey skins furnish the headdress, and a long skirt of grass-cloth hides the stilt-walker. It is unnecessary to add that the native must be a skilful stilt-walker to take the part of Ocuya.

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