One of the most age-old customs of Ede ethnic group is Village water resource praying ceremony. Ritual held annually after the harvest for the purpose of worshipping the Water God who has brought good lucks in the old year and for good weather, bumper crops, happy prosperous life. This is one of the communal cultural activities having active meaning in the spirit life of Ede ethnic group.
Village water resource praying ceremony is taken place in the solemn atmosphere. The ritual will be presided by the sorcerer with offerings like pork, chicken and a most important pot with dilute animal blood. The sorcerer pray God and ask him to read the vows for having water – one of the villagers’ most important vital sources. After finishing the worshipping procedure, the villagers use calabashes to take home with fresh and cool water from source. Meanwhile, a group of people who will follow the shaman door to door, sing, worship and sprinkle animal blood on the stairs to wish for the hosts’ good lucks…. Then, all the villagers gather together to eat, drink and dance in the atmosphere with echoes of bustling Central Highlands Gongs Festival – a non-material cultural heritage of humanity.