Portfolio Category: Emetic

Bone spoons

Spoon made of bone with anthropomorphic decoration. This artefact was part of the Cohoba ceremony helping to transfer the ground hallucinogen powder from the grinder to a small saucer. From there the powder was snuffed off with an inhaler. The decoration usually represented the zemi that helped the shaman reach a state of ecstasy.
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Double vomiting stick made of bone

A special object, part of the Cohoba ritual, carved from bone and curved to fit down the throat to help the shaman purge himself. Vomiting accompanied large fasting to help the Cohoba to increase the effect. If inappropriate food was eaten, the shaman would not be able to travel and communicate with the spirits. Inhaling…
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