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Steps Toward Healing
Photograph by Chris Johns

Summoning the forces of life, an old man in the village of Den/ui dances in a circle of clapping, singing women. After some hours he will fall into a trance, then rise to heal the sick. Besides treating physical illnesses, the “trance dance” traditionally was used to heal spiritual sicknesses, which, it was believed, led to conflicts and broken relationships. Such healing power allowed Bushmen to live together peacefully under harsh, stressful conditions. Now the dance is used as a means of expelling the social ills plaguing communities swept into an alien culture.



Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 28mm f/1.4
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Dusk
Lighting Techniques: Available light plus SB-28 strobe





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