ritual object; arrow

Small bow and arrow (Bedamuni: tébeesu taadi, tiarumasèi garèèsu). A small arrow used with its companion bow to cure headaches and other pains. The point of the arrow is made of a tiny piece of flint (tébeesu), and its shaft from ofa (sago palm rib).

When a person has severe pains, he asks for a relative to ‘shoot’ with the bow and arrow at certain places to draw blood and to relieve the pain.

This example was made by Iwanibi.

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