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Lobi Buthib talisman figure (N° 19106)

Carved figurine for individual use, for, according to Lobi beliefs, a protective or therapeutic action. These statuettes were placed on the altar after a ritual to be the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thus become an active being, an intermediary fighting against sorcerers and all other harmful forces. When honored, these spirits would manifest their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, and numerous births; ignored, they would withdraw it and bring devastating epidemics, drought, and suffering.
They are supposed to transmit to the diviners the laws that the followers must follow in order to enjoy their protection.
They are represented by wooden or copper sculptures called Bateba (large or small, figurative or abstract, they adopt different attitudes that symbolize the particular power or talent that the spirit uses to protect its owners). These figurines are placed on altars in homes.
Source: "Sculptures of the Three Volta" Massa and Lauret .

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryburkina faso
Weight0.05 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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