The Lake of Life. n.d.
Scene I. 1. Morning. The boys and girls are dancing around a huge
tree while seated upon a circular seat around its trunk are
the chiefs and old men of the native African Village.
The younger men form a half circle in rear and with
the women are clapping hands and singing in antiphony
accompanied by the drums. Tune: "Now my own you see".
2. A cloud over casts the sun, while the dance becomes more
furious. - Distant thunder is heard. - The dance continues
in intensity. - A sudden lightening flash and a terrific
thunder peal bring the dancers to a halt and in fright
they remain silent. - A bush devil appears and harangues
them telling them the lightening & the thunder are the voice
of the Good God that is calling them. - Another peal: they
fall down on their knees & faces reverently. -
Amid the muttering thunder is heard the deep toned voice
of Abassi Obumo, the thunder God, saying: "Come to
me. oh my children etc". - This is responded to by
the solemn chant: "Steal away to Obumo !" -
The bush-devil becomes excited and in draws in his en-
thusiasm the Crowd in procession toward the Jungle in a
Religious Dance. - This processional has a series of
stations in the first of which the children & women are
left in various attidues of devotion - some with bowed heads
some with upturned faces and imploring hands, other wav
ing their hands. The new faces on singing a solemn chant.