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Moment of Doom: a Life in the Hollow of the King's Hand Wooden Puppet as Maiden's Mascot

MOMENT OF DOOM: A LIFE IN THE HOLLOW OF THE KING'S HAND

WOODEN PUPPET AS MAIDEN'S MASCOT

At the new moon ceremonies observed in Bunyoro, any chief of the sacred guild who has offended comes up for sentence. The case has been judged beforehand, but the sentence is left to the king. If he allows the man to kiss his hand it indicates pardon. If not, the man is haled away to execution This Agbede maiden can imagine no lovelier doll than the rough-hewn toy she is nursing. In Africa many girls carry about the dolls with which they played in childhood until they marry, as an innocent charm to ensure them babies by and by