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Fon People Boccio Bochio Fetish Statue. Vodun. Voodoo. Benin / Togo border. West Africa.

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The Fon people (originally called Dahomey) are the best known practitioners of Vodun in Benin. Practitioners often concoct special pastes or liquids to enhance the spirituality of the fetish. Practice is widespread and continues to be a strong force for many. For the Fon, fetishes or bochio is frequently used to drive away the meddling forces of evil . . . which is the source of most problems.

 

Bochio are very powerful and very personal objects. An individual may make one for protection, to harm an enemy, or to ensure personal success. The bochio is made in secret, so that only the owner knows its composition and purpose. Some materials, however, have consistent functions.

 

A standing figure with a hood and body covered in rope and cloth. There is a encrusted patina on the cloth probably due to the application of a sacrificial mixture of a liquid (most likely milk, eggs and blood).

 

This is an authentic piece with great history. It is in good condition. Stand not included.

 

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