Image of Galu wapenga
Photographer: Arjen van de Merwe

Galu wapenga


The “mad dog” is a man who has been driven crazy by his abstinence from sexual activity with his wife after the birth of their child. The Chewa mwambo advises periods of sexual avoidance after a birth, to protect both the parents and the child. The mad dog cannot stand it any longer, and goes wild, chasing his wife and baby out of their home.