pendant; ritual object

Man's pendant. (Anya Tiaasu). A pendant, worn by men on their backs, when partaking in a war party or an important ceremony. The pendant consists of a small pouch of plaited vegetable fibre material filled with a piece of soft wood. At the back, pieces of cuscus fur have been fixed and two quills of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo feathers have been stuck into the pouch. From the pouch three ropes with several crayfish claws and shells have been suspended. This object is supposed to help the warriors be more alert and agile during raids.

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