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Ninana (Ancestral Figure)

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Horsemen in 1500 created the Mossi states by conquering what is now northern Ghana into the basin of the White Volta River and imposed political authority over the farming groups occupying the land. The descendants of the...


Blolo Bian (Spirit Husband Figure)

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The Baule believe that, in the otherworld called Blolo, all human beings were married before birth. These spirit spouses called blolo bian, meaning ‘spirit husband’, and blolo bla, meaning ‘spirit...


Blolo Bla (Spirit Wife Figure)

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The Baule believe that, in the otherworld called Blolo, all human beings were married before birth. These spirit spouses called blolo bian, meaning ‘spirit husband’, and blolo bla, meaning ‘spirit...


Buti (Ancestral Figure)

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Ancestral spirits, called ikwii, are important in Teke society. Ikwii, meaning “shades of the dead” serve as guardians of the living, protecting them from any sort of adversity and affliction perpetrated by witches. The...


Ntadi (Funerary Figure)

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The Mboma, a sub-group of the Kongo ethnic group in the Boma region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, carve and display mintadi (sing. ntadi; referring to the soft stone they are made of; also called bitumba, sing....


Nkangi Kiditu (Christ the Protector Crucifix)

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The Kongo Kingdom first made contact with the Portuguese in 1493 when explorer Diogo Cão, along with Catholic priests, explored the Congo river. This initial contact eventually led to the establishment of trade partnerships....