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Beyond the Passage of Time: Sacred Fire of the Himba – Part 2: Female Kingdom (2009)
Continuing our look at the Himba of Namibia, we see how immutable their lifestyle is, with all the traditions and ceremonies remaining just as they were hundreds of years ago. The film focuses on their ancestral cult, which in this tribe replaces religion. Communication with the ancestors is maintained through the sacred fire that must never die. By sheer luck, the film crew witnessed the most important Himba rite: the ceremony of ancestor worship. Every year all the clans of the tribe leave their homes and pay tribute to their ancestors by going on a pilgrimage to their graves.