This fetish-like object is an assemblage of wood objects held together by iron and fiber.
A fetish is a statue or object with magical power, like an amulet, talisman
or good luck charm. Common to many tribes was the belief that the fetishes acquired power through
ritualistic carving and consecration, the addition of special substances
and the recurring activation of its spirit by offering sacrifices and magic
words. Among the materials
added to the fetishes are horns, shells, nails, feathers, mirrors, metal,
twine, paint, cloth, raffia, fur, beads and herbs; anything thought to add
power or magic.
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