personal adornment; dance adornment

Mother of pearl crescent (Bedamuni: suu). The decoration is used by dancers, suspended under the chin, and by men and women. Suu have traditionally played an important role in bride-price payments. The shells still have a considerable value for the Bedamuni.

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