Change your address to get an accurate estimate of shipping costs.
Emberá culture, Chocó, Northwestern Colombia
First half of the 20th century
H. 70,5 ; L. 2 cm
This wooden stick with a red patina, carved on the upper part with a stylized anthropomorphic figure, standing upright, was an object carrying a particular power.
According to the anthropologist Erland Nordenskiöld, these sticks, charged with beneficent spirits, "help the medicine man to drive out demons".
The "medicine man" thus named refers to the jaïbaná: the shaman among the Emberá Indians.
This individual - who could be a man or a woman - assumed a primordial role in society: he was at the same time the piache, the healer, but also the intermediary, the physical link between man and spirituality, between the visible world and the invisible world.
He alone had access to the jaï, the spirits.
The tradition wanted the shaman in the making, trained by an elder, to carve his first stick himself. When he had reached the status of jaïbaná, he was offered a second stick. A shaman could thus accumulate a large number of sticks throughout his life.
Three introductory facts are reported by the historian Mircea Eliade for a man to become a shaman.
First of all, it was necessary to have the vocation, it is a call, an intimate inclination. It was then necessary that the initiate inherit from a parent who was already a shaman before him. Finally, he had to be chosen by the clan. Once these three points were joined together, the jaïbaná in becoming had to explore an initiatory voyage where the secret languages, the mythology, the ecstasy, the dream and the onirism were taught to him.
Text and photos © FCP CORIDON
Ref.LP : FCP
|Style||Tribal Art (Pre-Columbian art of Tribal Art Style)|
|Century||20th century (Pre-Columbian art 20th century)|
|Shipping Time||Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days|
|Location||93400, Saint-Ouen, France|
N'oubliez pas de rappeler à l'Antiquaire que vous avez vu cet objet sur Antikeo.
4 commitments to buy with confidence
Stay informed of our latest news
You can offer a lower price if it seems too high. Our Antique dealer will then evaluate and make you return.