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Sacred stick, "chi-e-horka-kep-inaw"

Catalog Data

Donor Name:
National Museum of Natural History  Search this
Length - Object:
43.8 cm
Diameter - Object:
2.5 cm
Culture:
Ainu  Search this
Object Type:
Sacred Stick
Place:
Japan, Asia
Accession Date:
16 Jun 2005
Notes:
Long stick, has one blunt end with hole drilled in it. Other end has been shaved down, with curly shavings still attached. According to Chisato Dubreuil, in ritual ceremonies, the men set several inaw in front of the altar or other area. They would dip the "ikupasuy" (prayer stick) in sacred sake and sprinkle it over the inaw while praying. The Ainu believe that the inaw turns into a bird after receiving a message, and then flies to the gods to make the offering. Made for the 1999 NMNH exhibit "Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People" using traditional Ainu materials and techniques.
Record Last Modified:
1 Dec 2014
Specimen Count:
1
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
2026093
USNM Number:
E430598-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3ef39c6df-f69e-43b0-a6ca-0c364737e0f5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8541780