Shaman Monkey Staff, Shona people, Zimbabwe - Sold
Shaman Monkey Staff, Shona people, Zimbabwe - Sold
Shaman Monkey Staff, Shona people, Zimbabwe - Sold 1
Shaman Monkey Staff, Shona people, Zimbabwe - Sold 2
Shaman Monkey Staff, Shona people, Zimbabwe - Sold 3

Shaman Monkey Staff, Shona people, Zimbabwe - Sold

Traditional healers and diviners - called Níangas, 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 people. A totem originates from one individual (the ancestor) & is passed on to the descendants of that individual. Totems are often used to praise a person for their good deeds, or to seek the favor from someone who is of a higher position. An animal is chosen because of certain admirable characteristics.

Purchased directly from a Shona diviner, or n'anga.

Comes with custom stand.

Dimensions: 31"H x 1.5"W x 2"D

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