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Ceremony
Wanyubi Marika (Rirritjinggu Clan) at the Djungguwan "Law Ceremony", Yirrkala 2002.

THE DJUNGGUWAN

The Djungguwan is a ceremony of the Rirratjingu and the Marrakulu clans. It is a ceremony of transition, teaching and remembering. It is an initiation ceremony that aims to teach young boys about discipline, law and respect for the traditions of their people. Through song, dance and art, a narrative is told about two ancestral beings, the Wawilak Sisters, as they journey through country creating each tribe and clan and giving them their law.

The Djungguwan is also sometimes used as a circumcision ceremony, linked to ideas and images of fertility and growth.

No two performances of the Djungguwan are the same - each is a unique creation - but they do all share a common core and each reflects the same principles and ideas.
























FILM EXCERPTS

Film and mini documentary excerpts from the Ceremony DVD

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