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Lawle - Baule Gong Beater - Ivory Coast

Price: $1,600.00





TITLE: Gong beater ‘Lawle’ and gong
MATERIAL:Wood, iron and fabric
PEOPLE: Baule
COUNTRY: Ivory Coast
DESCRIPTION:
Elaborate gong beaters are sculpted with images of humans, animals, masks & geometric designs and are used by Komien, professional spirit mediums who perform divinations. After rigorous training that can take several years to complete, a medium is conditioned to enter a trance to the steady beating of the small iron gong. The diviner usually enters the trance indoors, before he or she proceeds to the public space where the consultation is to be held. During the session which may last several hours, the medium holds the gong & lawle, striking it if the trance begins to wear off. While possessed, the medium speaks with the voices of various nature spirits. Cures prescribed by Komien are often remarkably effective in combating both physical & psychological ills.

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