Coital Figures – Burkina Faso

Coital Figures

Region: Burkina Faso
The Coital figure from the people of Burkina Faso. Lobi Figures are the enigmatic, brooding sculpture that protect the Lobi people and express their traditional beliefs. The figures were placed on family altars in the thilda, a room in each dwelling. Each figure was not a representation but an actual spirit, or tibil thil. It protected the family and home from illness and other misfortunes. The spirit could also be used for divination and could demand offerings and additions of other figures. The accumulation of statues on a family altar gave social status and were passed on from father to son. Such features as the size, pose, coiffure and sex of the figure are determined by the diviner.

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