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[Tin Lantern]

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Women of the maroon culture believe that any items on display in their homes should be kept in immaculate condition. Pots, pans, and aluminum items like this abeni lantern must always be sparkling clean. Maroon women employ a meticulous cleaning regiment to remove the black residue that some items acquire from sitting on the open fire. The pulp of a luffa fruit, imported bar soap, and fine coarse sand gathered from the river are all used in the initial washing. Then a tiny rag with more sand are used to get into handle joints and give a final polish to the aluminum.
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