Indeginous groups throughout the Congo River watershed practiced some of the most complex historical scarification traditions in Africa. The next couple of posts we’ll be sharing images and artifacts from one of those traditions.
This wooden stool was made in the 19th century by a Luba craftsman. The Luba are a Bantu-speaking people who live in today’s Democratic Republic of Congo. Traditional Luba society was organized at the state level, and governed by ruling councils overseen by divine kings. Carved wooden seats such as this one belonged to Luba chiefs, and symbolized their right to rule. These objects were not actually used for sitting on, but instead were sacred insignia & sometimes said to actually contain a ruler’s spirit. The Luba trace succession and inheritance through the female line, and this woman likely represents a revered ancestor of the ruler. Her high status is reiterated by the blue and white beads, which were worn by important members of the court and provided spiritual protection for their owners - and in this case, also for the ruler and his spirit.
For Luba women, body modifications including scarification, elaborate hairstyling, filed teeth (all seen on this figure), and intentional elongation of the labia were considered signs of civilization, and measures of social worth. Scarification helped to consecrate a woman’s body and prepare her to be an effective vessel for channeling supernatural energies in her role as a spirit medium. The Luba believed only women were strong enough to hold spirits, and scarified women served as priestesses, political advisors, and ambassadors.
Image after the Metropolitan Museum of Art, object no. 1978.412.317 #bodymodification#scarification#cicatrisation#luba#congo#Africa#history #african#tribal#traditionalculture
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Gereja Katolik Inkulturatif adalah hasil perjalanan administrator Deo Gratias ke Sumatera Utara. Ini adalah Gereja Katolik dengan sentuhan budaya lokal, yakni Batak Toba. Gereja Paroki ini memiliki 60-an stasi yang tersebar di seluruh Pulau Samosir dengan jumlah umat beriman mencapai 30 ribu jiwa.
What the host sees and feels during a tea ceremony is very different from what the guests perceive. Join us in Kyoto if you would like to try another perspective and prepare tea in traditional style with your own hands!
講師：裏千家お稽古・茶道体験 真心庵 代表 加藤宗香(かとうそうか)氏
~~Urasennke Style Tea Ceremony Experience~~ Served by Ms. Katou Souka from Shin-Shin-An (真心庵), Japanese Tea school “Urasennke(裏千家)” comes for introducing their tea making progress and Japanese sweets (wagashi) with our guests.
Please feel free to sign up for experiencing lectures of Japanese Tea making. **Reservation-free! Please come to our Intergate Lounge (1F) directly for signing up** Schedule:
Date: 19th Feb (Wed)
15:00~17:00 (Available to sign up at all times)
Fee: 1000yen / person (Tax included)
**Wagashi and Japanese tea would be served in advance, guests are able to enjoy tea made by themselves later wards** Instructor: Ms. Katou Souka, from Shin-Shin-An, Urasennka
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Bagi wisatawan yang ingin mengetahui lebih banyak budaya Batak, sekaligus menikmati warisan budayanya, kini ada sejumlah desa adat di kawasan danau Toba, Sumatera Utara. Desa adat ragi Hotang di desa Meat, kecamatan Tampahan, Toba Samosir, siap menyambut dan memberi pengalaman baru, untuk mengenal lebih dekat budaya Batak.
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