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Dinka Bracelet

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Item 734
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The Dinka are the largest ethnic group in the country of south Sudan numbering around 1.5million. Dinka, or as they refer to themselves, Muonyjang (singular) and jieng (plural) are one of the most notable people on the continent. They are recognized for being master cattle herders, lion slayers and for being among the tallest people in Africa! In recent history the proud Dinka unfortunately have been ruthlessly persecuted and executed for their ethnicity and religious beliefs. Dinka religion is monotheistic, believing in one deity. Nhialic (creator) is thought to be the source of all life and death. Lesser manifestations of the creator's power are honored by the Dinka through ritual sacrifices. Rituals are performed at births, deaths, to cure disease, and in times of crisis. Birth, marriage, and death are all marked by standardized customs involving public ceremonies. These are typically accompanied by animal sacrifice. In the passage to adult status, young men, rather more than young women, are publicly recognized. Adult males decorate initiates' heads with a series of deep gashes that form permanent scars.

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Dimensions: The wooden bracelet is 8 1/2 inches tall x 9 inches wide with a 3 1/2 inner depth. The wooden base is 9 1/4 inches across x 4 1/4 inches deep. When placed on the stand the ensemble measures 11 inches tall.

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