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moesgaard museum, de etnografiske samlinger, ethnography, collections, museum, aarhus, denmark, female, ancestor, spirit, papua new guinea, tetepeku, haus tambaran

Tetepeku – Papua New Guinea

Tetepeku – one of the rare female ancestor figures from Papua New Guinea, of great importance to the Abelam people of Wosera. As a central part of male initiation rites, the novice is to crawl between the legs of Tetepeku, placed inside the ceremonial house, haus tambaran. […]

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siberia, yukagir, rane willerslev, moesgaard museum, de etnografiske samlinger, ethnography, collections, museum, aarhus, denmark, shaman

Yukagir Spirit Figure – Siberia, Russia

Looking at this figure, what creature would you think it represents? Man? Animal? Both? Collected in 1999 by Rane Willerslev, during his fieldwork in the blistering cold of Siberia, this figure tells the story of an important link in the complex process of the Yukagir hunters’ preparation for killing […]

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