This event is called the Mutentamo for any new installment of the Lunda hierarchy.
It takes place on the day before the Mutomboko, which is on a Friday between 4pm and 6pm.
The location of this event takes place at the entrance of the Mwatas Palace.
Hundreds of people start to gather in front of the gate waiting for the Royal musicians to arrive.
These Royal musicians gather together facing the gate and then start to perform many different songs while different headmen and Chiefs dance individually to entertain the crowd.
This will take about an hour or so.
After the music and dancing, an old muzzle-loaders is shot signaling that the Mwata is coming out of the gate.
There he sits on his throne wearing a french brass fire brigade helmet with his sword. Behind him is his body guards, and executives. Sitting on the ground is his relatives and Chiefs.
The selective men then come out from the crowd and march in line to the circles on the ground and sit patiently for instructions. At this time different Chiefs give words of encouragement and advice. Then a royal attendant gives each Headman a new uniform to wear. He tosses the bundle to each Headmen but then try's to grab the bundle back as if there is a struggle and the Headman must show his determination by holding on to it. Once this is done, the Headmen get up and march out to put on their new attire. After a while, they return with the royal regalia of the Lunda Headmanship. They clap three times, then all of them in unison fall down on the ground as if dead, to show that the Mwata has the power to kill them if he wants. Then they leave. Then Mwata arises and gives a speach to the crowd then returns to the Palace.
Where: This Ceremony will be done in front of the Palace.
When: From 3pm to 6pm
investiture of Lunda hood on a non-Lunda citizen for gallentry or other achievements.
Instailation of a member of the royal family, or an important councillor, to a hereditary office, umwanso
Removal of insignia of office from the holder for disloyalty to the Mwata and gross misconduct.
Welcoming of an important visiting chief or dignitary from outside the Mwata's jurisdiction.
This is a very important ceremony as it confirms publicly the Mwatas decision and acceptance of the new people to be installed.
The role of the Headman is vital to the governship of the Lundas.
The Headman can be over an area of 10 huts to 500 huts. He is to keep the peace, monitor who is in his area, and to judge the villagers when a case is brought to him.
If the case is too difficult the case if refered to the Chief of that area, and if the Chief cannot resolve it, then the case will be brought before the Mwata.
Order of events
Arrive at 3pm in front of the palace to find a good spot to sit as a crowd will form quickly.
music will be performed by the royal lunda musicians.
dances will be performed by the relatives
circles are made on the ground where the new headman will sit as they are being initiated.
A new uniform will be given to the headman. but as it is given, the headman must struggle to take it.
the new headmen will return adorned with their new uniforms and there they will pledge their lives to the mwata
the mwata then gives his words of wisdom of how to judge his people to the headmen and waves his sword around to end the ceremony.
the headmen are now hoisted on the shoulders of relatives and paraded around kazembe