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Carved Toba Batak Shaman Pole / Staff, North Sumatra

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Detail: Shaman’s staffs (Tunggal Panahuan) were used in magic ceremonies to protect against the actions of enemies. In addition, these staffs were used as a prophetic tool for diagnosing the spiritual causes of a disease. They derive their power from a specially prepared ritual substance called Pupuk. Pupuk attracts ancestor spirits and makes them perform required tasks. The Pupuk was inserted in extremely tiny holes drilled in these types of staffs. The most potent Pupa was prepared by shamans from the reesotericstuff.coms of young children. Circa mid- 1900’s. In three parts. Special packaging is required. In pristine condition. For the Serious Collector.

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