natural object

Stem of the Dracaena shrub ('okoro'), displayed as part of an Anang shrine. The stem has a small hole drilled in it.

In West Africa, this species is used widely for demarcating land boundaries and funerary sites. Its use as part of a funeral shrine not only serves to discourage access to the 'nwomo', but indicates transition to the spirit world.

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