Shaman Monkey Staff, Shona people, Zimbabwe
Comes with stand, 31"h x 1.5"w x 2"d
Purchased directly from a Shona diviner, or n'anga.
Traditional healers and diviners - called N’angas, use wooden
staffs, especially during spirit possession.
It was said that a
Mhondoro (a powerful spirit) once pointed a wooden rod at
the Zambezi river, parting the waters,
thus allowing people to
cross. An unmistakable similarity to Moses and the Israelites,
suggesting a Christian
missionary influence. The monkey
represents one of the many totemic animals among the Shona
A totem originates from one individual (the ancestor)
& is passed on to the descendants of that individual.
are often used to praise a person for their good deeds, or to
seek the favor from someone who is of a higher position.
animal is chosen because of certain admirable characteristics.