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A testament to children’s imagination: “Poo/toys”

The Ethnographic Collections at Moesgaard Museum contains many amazing and interesting things. We have a Peruvian mummy, beautiful swords, a rare Thai temple scroll, Gandao grave figures from Kalasha, Pakistan, ancestor figures from Papua New Guinea… the list is endless. However, we also have some […]

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Dressing up: The Pwevo mask

If you live in Denmark, and just happened to be at home yesterday, you might be surprised by groups of costumed children ringing your doorbell, singing songs and asking for money, and promising mischief if you do not comply. Yesterday, you see, was ‘Fastelavn’, the […]

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Fetish from Burkina Faso

The word ‘fetish’ probably brings up some rather saucy mental images to most of our readers. But in anthropology, a ‘fetish’ is an object, which is considered to be imbued with spiritual power or magical potency. This metal spear from Boulon in Burkina Faso might […]

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Door from Ugandan refugee camp

A bright red door signalling that the owner of the house is a big fan of ’MANCHESTAR UNITED’ is probably not the first thing, you would expect to see, when visiting a home in a former camp for internally displaced people. Yet here it is. […]

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