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Ritual sculpture Ewe mermaid of the waters (N° 20346)
This two-headed figure is associated with the spirit of the waters. Matt polychrome patina.
The intentions of their owner. The fetishists, following the divination ritual of the fa employing palm nuts, make them to order to offer protective and medicinal virtues but also offer more conventional ready-to-use versions.
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The populations nevertheless tend to retain animistic practices despite their conversion to the major monotheistic religions.
The Ewe, often confused with the Minas, are the largest ethnic group in Togo. They are also found as minorities in Ghana, Benin, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. According to Hélène Joubert, the cults paid to the Yoruba gods, the orisha , and those of the vodou ,vodun gods, as well as their religious structure, would be comparable in many ways. In addition, slaves from different cultures exported their practices to Cuba and Brazil.
Although there is little historical information about the Ewe, it appears that their settlement in their present location resulted from invasions and conflicts that broke out during the seventeenth century.
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