ERE IBEJI YORUBA
by Giancarlo Matta
Editor: Gaspari Editore
Bilingual text in Italian and English
africanae. Quaderni. Quaderno II.
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In the complex pantheon of
the Yoruba, where several gods and spirits play a fundamental role, in the
XIX century was established the cult of twins. In case of the death of the
twins, small wooden figures called "ere ibeji" were carved to replace the
These small figures were
treated daily as though they were living children with love and care. They
were fed, rubbed with resin or ointments, embellished with beads or metal
rings and sometimes dressed with beaded gowns or cowrie cloaks.
The continuos handling of
these small statues by relatives over the time, sometimes gradually wore
away the features giving them a mysterious and enchanting look. In addition,
as a result of this, the ibeji figures also acquired a charming aspect due
to a characteristic brilliant usage patina.
In this piece of literary
work, we introduce you to the ibeji tradition and history, as well as
present a very interesting example of the varied artistic styles of the vast
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