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Leather Whip (red)

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Leather, wood, animal skin, and plant material.
Not much can be determined as to the origin of this red leather whip, nor as to when or how Dr. Turner acquired it. It seems likely that it is Nigerian, and therefore that Turner would have acquired it during his travels in West Africa in 1951-52. Numerous religious celebrations in Yoruban culture employ the use of ceremonial whips, in particular festivities that honor the orisha Shango. Veneration of this deity survived the Middle Passage of the colonial slave trade intact, and provided the basis for orisha initiation in the West.
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