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Ewe fetish statuette (N° 16531)
African art and tribal cult vodun of the ewe and fon
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Affubé populations of various amulets in the form of jewelry, horns filled with substances mixed with red clay, metal accessories, dried seeds, and reptile skin belt, this realistic statuette was ritually coating with a thick powder coating peeling locally. The pupils are made up of red beads, and one of the feet is altered. Desication cracks, furrows.
In Togo, African fetishes are part of beneficial or evil rituals according to the intentions of their owner. The fetishists, following the divination ritual of the fa using palm nuts, make them to order to offer protective and medicinal virtues but also offer more conventional ready-to-use versions.
These practices are still in use today are sometimes decried and considered animistic and overgone in the age of Christianization and Islamization. Nevertheless, people tend to maintain animist practices despite their conversion to the great monotheistic religions, both beliefs influencing each other.
The Ewe, often confused with the Minas, are the most important ethnic group in Togo. They are also found as minorities in Ghana, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria. According to Hélène Joubert, the cults given to the Yoruba gods, the orisha, and those of the gods vodou , vodun, as well as their religious structure, would be comparable in many ways. Slaves from different cultures have also exported their practices to Cuba and Brazil.Although little historical information is available about the Ewe, it seems that their location in their present location is the result of invasions and conflicts that erupted during the 17th century.