Celebrating the King

Today in the Netherlands it is Kingsday. Dutch people all over the world celebrate King Willem-Alexander’s 50th birthday.

The lion is called the ‘king of the jungle’. A bit of a strange label, since lions live on the African savanna and not in the jungle. But I can imagine what makes the lion king-like: his mane circles his head like a crown, and his pose is absolutely majestic.

That’s not to say that a lion is never afraid or threatened. Just before this photograph was taken, two lions – locally known as Ginger (the albino) and Garlic – were resting in a very relaxed manner. Then two elephants approached.

The approach

The lions were immediately alert, and moved away when the elephants came closer. Like any earthly king, the lion is not almighty…

Author: johannekekroesbergen

I am a lecturer in Religion Studies and Anthropology of Religion at Justo Mwale University in Lusaka, Zambia. Currently I am working on my PhD-thesis on narratives about Satanism in Zambia. In my free time, I love hiking, safaris and enjoying nature through photography.

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