Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Myths, folklore, and symbolism
Fetish: Particularly in West Africa, objects such as wood or clay figures, but also parts of animals, etc., that were venerated as magical, beneficial, and protective power sources. Occasionally the object of ritual actions, they were, for example, penetrated with nails, an action that was symbolically supposed to transfer illness to the particular fetish. (Herder)

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