ritual object

Sacred stone (Bedamuni: ogèiru). A sacred stone, recognised by its peculiar 'unnatural' rounded form, and supposed to be the home of the ogèiru spirit. This spirit can be evil if not treated with respect. Normally the ogèiru stones may not be moved from their places, often near garden-plots which they protect. This example comes from Mougulu village.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

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