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'Kashekesheke’ Divination Instrument - Luba people, D.R. Congo (#722)

Price: $795.00





Title: Divination Instrument - ‘Kashekesheke’

Material: Wood

People: Luba

Country: D.R. Congo

Description: This divination instrument was used in informal
divination ceremonies for the everyday person, usually performed
in the streets or markets. The diviner 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
‘swishing’ sounds as the diviner and client move the instrument
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.

Included is a custom-built metal stand.

Instrument dimensions: 6" height x 2 1/2" width x 2 1/4" depth
Stand dimensions: 6 3/4" height x 3" width x 3" depth
Instrument on stand dimensions: 6 3/4" height x 3" width x 3" depth

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