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  • the woodcarver of Tambeli
    the woodcarver of Tambeli
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  • material, also used for making the baskets
    material, also used for making the...
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    basket making
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    Houli, village of the basket makers

    by sachara Updated Apr 11, 2015

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    On our way back from the diviner of Kampti we did not visit only the woodcarver of Tambeli, bit also visit the village where the Lobi women make baskets.

    After a small walk we arrived at the place where several women show their craftmanship and skills in making baskets. We decided to take home some of the small baskets. An original souvenir straight from the place where they are made.

    the making of a basket with natural material basket making baskets for sale material, also used for making the baskets
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    Woodcarver of Tambeli

    by sachara Written Apr 11, 2015

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    After our visit to the diviner of Kampti we visited the woodcarver of Tambeli. The woocarver makes
    fetish figures. You can watch the carver while he works and see his skills and craftsmanship.

    You can buy his statues, but he makes also small stools. The prices are reasonable. I bought a small stool of red wood with a carved head.

    the woodcarver of Tambeli fetish statues small stools raw material ready to be carved village of Tambeli
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    The diviner of Kampti

    by sachara Updated Apr 10, 2015

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    In Kampti lives a well known Lobi diviner. We visited his compound and house. The worshipping of spirit ancestors and fetishes is part of the Lobi culture. In Lobi animism, Thagba is the creator of all living things. Lobi people have no direct contact with Thagba, but are dependent on nature spirits known as thila. The village diviner, the so-called thildar which acts as a village priest can interprete the rules of the the thila. The thila are invisible intermediaires which can use their supernatural powers towards good or evil, but the thila are also subject to mortal virtues and vices. .

    When we arrived we saw many fetish statues around the house. Later we were allowed to enter the fetish house outside and also to enter the diviners house. In all these places we saw a lot of fetish statues.

    We learned that the diviner is not allowed to refuse a client who wants consultation. The diviner asks the thila if he many divine. He draws lines, circles or waves at the floor. To find the reason of consultation and get answers for the problems can take hundreds of questions. By shaking and tossing cowries, the diviner can read the yes or no answers of the thila. The pattern of the cowries with the open side up or down show the yes or no.

    the entrance of the fetish house we were allowed to enter the fetish house on the floor the lines and some items the cowries with open side up or down shaking and tossing the cowries
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