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Luba Divination Instrument "Kashekesheke", D.R. Congo #0327

Price: $395.00

Height: 8"
Width: 1.5"
Depth: 3.5"

Title: Divination Instrument
Material: Carved Wood
People: Luba
Country: D.R. Congo

This "Kashekesheke" divination instrument was used in non-formal divination ceremonies for the everyday person, usually performed in the streets or markets. The diviner (a spiritual medium) and the client (who seeks communication and guidance with their spirits to remedy an ailment, either physical or emotional) each hold one "arm" of the divination instrument. The word "Kashekesheke" references the sounds of "swishing" as the diviner and client move the instrument together in a divination dance of sorts, over a mat as they both sit together. A literal translation of "Kashekesheke" also means, "To Vomit the Truth." Luba folklore and proverb speak of this divination ceremony describing it as such, "There is no liar in Kashekesheke divination, because you are holding [the instrument], and so am I."

The diviner holds medicinal herbs in their other hand as this divination instrument is used, all in the hopes of accessing their client's familial spirits for healing purposes.


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