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Fetish Yaka Njila (N° 17935)

A small fetish whose stylized face evokes a bird, he was placed inside the house to protect against witchcraft and other malice. These tribal statues protecting against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. These lineage charms were then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. Powerful fertility properties were supposed to accompany this bird-faced statuette named njila.
Archalist and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was ruled by lineage chiefs with the right to life and death on their subjects. Hunting and the resulting prestige are an opportunity for the Yaka today to invoke ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms related to the institution .Khosi. The initiation society of young people is the n-khanda , which is found among the Eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc...),) and which uses various charms and masks in order to ensure a vigorous lineage. The ethnic groups Suku and Yaka, very close geographically, have the same social and political structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. (C.M.Faïk-Nzuji, The Power of the Sacred) ( " Treasures of Africa Ed. Tervuren Museum( Yaka, 5Continents  

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Originex-collection suisse
EthnyYaka
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, fourrure
Height20
Width7
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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