ritual & belief: ritual apparatus; plant sample

A bundle of vegetable material. The material was one of the tangible remains of an alleged sorcery case. The bundle was put forward as a proof that sorcery had been committed.

This is one of a collection of several valuable personal possessions stored in an abura (barkcloth). As possessions that are seen by relatives or friends must be given on demand, most men keep some of their most valued possessions wrapped in a piece of decorated barkcloth and store it away near their sleeping place. The contents of these packages may vary with the owner, but generally they contain items like this, and the others collected with it.

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