Hunter's coat

Claws, teeth and leather amulets cover this heavy coat, worn during a hunting ceremony. The amulets are believed to protect Mali hunters as they chase dangerous prey. Each leather packet holds folded paper said to contain verses from the Qur’an. The knotted strings were spit on, and as such, carry “words” as additional protection.

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Why do the round mirrors on this coat appear only on the front and the square mirrors only on the back?

responded: Mar 31, 2010

Posted by Irene Yancheva

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The mirrors are for protection, maintaining health and keeping away illness and other calamities. Moreover, for protection in the forest, from both wild animals and dangerous spirits; for spiritual power. It doesn’t matter what shape they are. Embellishment with additional amulets and cowrie shells add to these protective qualities.

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