Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Waterfalls are spiritually powerful because they embody the energy of a roaring sea, the power of a flowing river, the invigorating potency of a rainfall, and the tranquility of a lake. Some of the more widely known falls found in Africa are Boyoma Falls in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Blue Nile Falls in Ethiopia, the Tinkisso Falls in Guinea, the Aughrabies Falls in South Africa, the Wli Falls in Ghana, and the Mosi-oa-Tunya Falls (Victoria Falls). Waterfalls are sacred because of their unique healing qualities, and the water is often used in rituals. Often, but not always, the guardians of waterfalls are women who are responsible for performing the rituals that ensure a ...