ibeji figures (figures (ritual & belief: cult of the dead))

Pair of woodcarvings, Ibeji figures. One male and one female.

The Yoruba people of Nigeria believe that twins are 2 bodies sharing the same soul. If one twin dies, there is a danger that s/he will call the surviving twin to join him or her. So a carving is made representing the dead twin, and placed on a shrine.

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