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Minkisi – Power Figures & Nail Fetishes from Central Africa

Friday, January 08, 2016

In the Congo lands of Central Africa, artful figures known as 'fetishes' in the West are called nkisi (pl. minkisi). They were believed to be receptacles for spirits, especially ancestors, who brought powers from the other world to be harnessed by the village priest. From curing illnesses to bringing justice to wrongdoers, the powers were similar to what we generally think of as 'divine intervention.'...

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