TANGRA AND OTHER TANGALE FESTIVALS OF KALTUNGO PEOPLE

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WP_20160430_12_11_36_ProTANGRA AND OTHER TANGALE FESTIVALS OF KALTUNGO PEOPLE
By Jerry and Joe Peri

An Introduction

The Tangale people, mainly spread across three local government areas, Kaltungo, Shongom and Billiri, with some handful found in Akko and Kwame local governments, are found in Gombe State, Nigeria. They are divided into two, Tangale East comprising Kaltungo, Ture and Shongom and Tangale West, comprising mainly Billiri and some parts of Akko.
Like other tribes, the people of Kaltungo in Tangale East, observe certain festivals which include; Tangra, Eku, Pid Tungo, Kaltungo Carnival, Par Tida, etc.
One of the oldest and most colorful is the Tangra festival.

TANGRA FESTIVAL

Tangra is done before the advent of the rainy season and it’s primarily done to cleanse the land of iniquities, so that the rains will fall and there will be bountiful harvest.
The Tangra normally starts from Ture, headed by the chief priest.
Each clan…

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