Africa: Minkisi, Power Objects of the Kongo People

DSC04773-EditOur living room is a hodge-podge of “knick-knacks” from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We treat the crowd of objects as if we were hosting a cocktail party. Every so often, we move our “guests” around to liven up the conversation. Then we lose track of who’s who. When human visitors come, sometimes they are oblivious to the quiet chatter; sometimes, they join the conversation. Sometimes, they react to the strangeness of an old relic… the uncanny sensation of holding, say, a gorilla skull that has been melded to a basket–that rattles when you shake it. That uncanny* sensation makes people laugh and crack jokes.  [Continued here>>>]

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