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Dance Wand (Ibirí) of the Goddess of Death, Nanã, #2 (Crafted by Antônio Carlos dos Santos)

Catalog Number: C005


Antônio dos Santos (grandson of Didi dos Santos and son of Nidinha dos Santos), affiliated with the Ilê Axé Opô Afonjá temple of the Brazilian Candomblé religion of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.


19" long; 6.5" wide; 6.75" in circumference

Transatlantic Family of Religion: Orisha
Country of Origin: Brazil
Ethnographic Origin: Bahian (Brazil)
Materials: Beads
Date of Manufacture: 12/2020
Usage: Ritual (non-yet-used)
Detailed Description of Significance:

It is an instrument of potential injury, resembling a leopard’s tail. Brazilians also think of it as an abstract form of her child, Omolu, being held lovingly in the crook of the goddess’ arm. Doté Amilton Sacramento Costa of Salvador da Bahia told Prof. Matory that Nanã is the goddess who comforts us as death approaches and as one is dying.

It alludes to the swelling of a woman’s abdomen in pregnancy. Conversely, it is said to be able to kill a man whose belly it touches by causing his belly to swell.