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Maternity ward Baule Waka Sona (N° 20945)
Probably the embodiment of a female goddess, this figure of a young woman, depicted seated on a royal seat, is nursing her child. Traditional keloid scars are carefully chiseled, jewelry indicates her status, and braids gathered into hulls form a refined hairstyle. These statues were kept on the bo osu altar where sacrifices were made to the spirits.
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Two types of statues are produced by the Baule in the ritual setting:
Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baule, evoke an assié oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the diviners komien, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate revelations from the beyond. The second type of statues, made according to the indications of the diviner, are the spouses of the afterlife, male, the Blolo bian or female, le blolo bia .
About sixty ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baule, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro whose cults and masks they have borrowed. The basic unit is the lineage, under the responsibility of an elder, whose functions are political and religious. During the 18th century, united under a single banner, these Akan people were, according to legend, guided by Queen Aba Pokou to the gold mining region in the east of the Ivory Coast to settle there.
Ref : "Baule" Susan M. Vogel
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