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Lobi Slingshot (N° 18052)
The figurative motif of this carved object is supposed to contain, according to the Lobi, the "khele", a power present in every human being. Lustrous golden patina.
Populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name "Lobi," make up a fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Sparsely populated in Ghana, they also settled in northern Côte d'Ivoire. It was in the late 18th century that the Lobi , coming from northern Ghana, settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara, Dian, Gan, and Birifor. The Lobi believe in a creator God named Thangba Thu, to whom they turn through the worship of numerous intermediate spirits, the Thil, who are supposed to protect them, with the help of the diviner, against a host of plagues.
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