pendant; ritual object

Men’s decoration (Bedamuni: anŷa tiaasu). A pendant, worn by men on their backs when taking part in a war-party or an important ceremony, like 1982.106, but of a different (older) model. The pouch consists of several pointed sticks or anŷa (‘sting’) bound together with liana. From the top of the anŷa, streamers of fasera palm leaf are suspended. The object is worn on the man’s back. By the late 1970s, when this example was collected, anŷa tiaasu like this example had been replaced with ones like 1982.106.

Anŷa tiaasu are supposed to help the warriors to be more alert and agile during a raid.

This example was made by Foiya.

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