The nomadic men wear talisman necklaces believed to have magical powers. Gris-gris (pronounced
gree-gree) typically consist of leather pouches adorned with beads
and other small objects. Sewn within the pouches are passages
from the Koran, as most Tuareg practice Islam. Among the powers
attributed to the gris-gris are protection from enemies, resistance to
evil, imperviousness to injury, invisibility, beauty, irresistibility to
women, and enhanced dance performance.
Length: 30". The largest Gris gris measures 3" x 3 1/2".