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date: 14 November 2019



An iron clapper bell with a bent handle of the Kota people of Gabon. It is used during masked ceremonies associated with Mungala, mythical protector of fecundity and redresser of ills. It is dangerous to speak to Mungala without the magic protection of the kendo, which an ‘interpreter’ continuously shakes. (P. Sallée: ‘Gabon’, ...

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