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Kibango (Staff of Office)

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There are at least three different types of staffs, varying in degrees of importance, carried by Luba chiefs and high-ranking officials.

Dilanga is the simplest staff. It is tall and sticklike, often accompanied by a bell...


Tefalipitya (Champion Cultivator Staff)

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Before ‘gamification’ was a word, the Senufo of Ivory Coast were already leveraging its principles. In an effort to introduce competition, sport and fun into the arduous task of farming, young men work the land,...


Tefalipitya (Champion Cultivator Staff)

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Before ‘gamification’ was a word, the Senufo of Ivory Coast were already leveraging its principles. In an effort to introduce competition, sport and fun into the arduous task of farming, young men work the land,...


Dolaba (Sigi Ceremonial Staff)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Ukhurhe (Rattle Staff)

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Placed on ancestor altars, ukhurhe rattle staffs are created by the ruling Oba after the passing of his father. They are also created, out of wood, for deceased community members. The altar on which the staffs are placed on...


Edan Ogboni (Osugbo Staff)

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Headed by the Oluwo (chief priest), the Yoruba Ogboni (meaning ‘cult of old age’) is a society of respected elderly men and women responsible for the management and wellbeing of their community through the...


Opa Orere (Herbalist's Staff)

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The opa osun (also called opa orere or opa osungaga) is used by Yoruba babalawos (diviners) as a symbol of office but also as an altar to the divination god Orunmila (also called Ifa, ‘the grand priest and custodian of...


Opa Orisa Oko (Herbalist's Staff)

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For a successful harvest and hunt the Yoruba enlist the help of Oko, the god of agriculture and harvest (literal meaning ‘god of the farm’), through the use of opa orisa oko staffs. Made from old iron hoe blades (usually...


Ose Sango (Sango Staff)

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Originally created for the court of kings in Oyo, ose Sango (sometimes spelt oshe Shango) staffs quickly spread to other sub-groups within the Yorubaland. Associated with the worship of the god of thunder and lightning,...


Ogo Elegba (Esu Staff)

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Esu (also called Eshu, Elegba) is believed to be the messenger of Yoruba gods, bearer of sacrifices, guardian of the ritual way of life and often also seen as the ‘trickster god’. If Esu isn’t properly honoured, trouble...


Opa Osanyin / Erinle (Herbalist’s Staff)

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To cure and / or protect clients from mental and physical illness caused by spirits and individual forces, Yoruba diviners (babalawos) enlist the help of Osanyin, the god of divination or Erinle, the god of herbal medicines....