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Object Number: 37-22-259.14
Current Location: Africa Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Sierra Leone
Sherbro Island
Credit Line:Expedition to Sierra Leone, West Africa; Henry Usher Hall, 1937
Other Number75 - Field No SF


Nttheng means to divine; ma, with, of; yonggo is a Mendi word referring to the apparatus; le is the article [ Sherbro]. The pieces are thrown on the ground, and certain ones selected and arranged in lines of differing lengths and directions; from these the ttheng no [ diviner] foretells good or ill fortune.

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