Grenada Independence
Exhibit

Independence Grenada, February 7th, Grenada, West Indies

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Our Artifacts

“IBEJI”

"IBEJI"

This stylized wood figure represents a twin child who has died. “Ibeji” means twin in Yoruba. The mother cares for this replica as she does the living twin. Thus, it receives a bracelet or belt whenever the living twin receives a gift. Yoruba, Nigeria, Circa 1900, Donated by David Merriman
Marble Bathtub purportedly used by Josephine Bonaparte

Purchased at auction in Martinique, where Josephine had grown up.

Marble Bathtub

Marble Bathtub purportedly used by Josephine Bonaparte. Purchased at auction in Martinique, where Josephine had grown up.
A container of woven leather and courie shells to enshrine the family spirit.

"Orisha Ora" or "God of the Head"

Orisha are spirits sent by the primary Yoruba god, Olodumare, to help humanity. In Grenada and the West Indies generally, one particular Orisha, "Shango" (the god of thunder), has become synonymous with a syncretic Yoruban-Christan religion. The practice is similar to Voodoo in Haiti and Santeria in the Spanish-Speaking islands. Yoruba, Ivory Coast  Circa 1880  

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