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date: 14 November 2019


  • John M. Schechter


Afro-Cuban vessel rattle. It is constructed of two 15-cm-long metal cones soldered together not at the 3 cm diameter bases but at the vertices. They contain small stones, hard seeds, or shot, which resound when the instrument is shaken by one hand holding it at the centre. It is used in Arará or Dahomeyan rites to honour the deities Achetó and Ogún, respectively. Nowadays it is rare. The similar ...

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