nkisi nkondi
nkisi nkondi
nkisi nkondi

nkisi nkondi

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late 1800s

Republic of Congo

An Nkisi Nkondi may be used for many purposes. For example, upon concluding peace between two warring villages, representatives from both sides would first take an oath before the Nkisi Nkondi, and then each party would hammer iron wedges
or a knife into the figure and fire a salute. Or, an oath sworn before the nkisi nkondi would make the driving in of a piece of iron, the title to the land. Which made the land and/or both secured through the generations. A blade could be driven into the figure to activate its magical powers.