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Bilondo (Bwami Insignia)

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The social and spiritual lives of the Lega people are governed by a central initiation society known as Bwami; Bwami is responsible for teaching morality through community performances, dances and objects. The Bwami...


Asafo Frankaa (Flag)

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The Fante, a subgroup of the culturally and linguistically related Akan peoples living along the coast of the Central region of Ghana have a distinctive tradition of appliqué and embroidered flags called mfrankaa (sing....


Batakari (War Shirt)

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The Akan make use of a number of different types of textiles and garments to identify specific social roles within a community. In addition, magical amulets are worn for protective purposes. Combined, textiles and amulets are...


Mukyeem (Woot Helmet Mask)

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The Kuba believe that they are descendants of Woot, the first man created by God (called Mboom, Mfcoom or Ncyeem aPoong in different sources). As the founding father and thus an ancestor of all Kuba kings (known as nyim),...


Odigba Ifa (Divination Necklace)

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The Yoruba typically turn to a babalawo (diviner) when seeking advice or faced with an illness. The necklace for Ifa (odigba ifa; Ifa is ‘the grand priest and custodian of the Ifa Oracle’, i.e. the Orisha of...


Ewu Orisa Oko (Herbalist's Staff Sheath)

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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...