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1A boy named Nicola Augustin made this doll. A rainy day in January 2001 he was walking along the road with his friends, playing with the doll. He was 13 years old. A car stopped and collector Willhelm Östberg stepped out. Willhelm bought the doll from Nicola and it is now a part of the museum collection.
1A person is riding a polar bear. Polar bears are usually very dangerous to humans. But these two seem to be friends. What does this mean? That the one who owned this figure could become stronger than a bear? Or that bears are kind, even though they can be hungry and want to eat someone?
1A Swedish soldier called Axel Svinhuvud was given this harp by a chief in Congo a long time ago. Axel worked there in the 19th century. When he moved back to Sweden he gave the harp to the museum. People in Congo often made harps like this one as presents to people who couldn't play them.
1Avskrift Svenska Kyrkans Missionsstyrelse H.M. KONUNGENS Handsekreterare Ank. Den 19/11 1952 To His Majesty The King of Sweden On behalf of the African Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Rhodesia, of which I am the chairman, I hereby wish to express the deep felt gratitude of my church to Your Majesty for the great gift that, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, allowed by Your Majesty's grandfather, King Oscar II, to be brought to our people of South Africa. This great gift was given first to the Zulu people in 1876. The first mission station established got its name after Your Majesty's grandfather and was called Oscarsberg. From South Africa the Gospel was brought by the Swedish and Zulu missionaries to my people in Southern Rhodesa in 1903. The change, which the gospel has brought about amongst my people is of a remarkably great importance both in general cultural upliftment and last in the salvation of my people. Therefore I can assure Your Majesty that the gratitude of my people for this inestimable gift is so great that it cannot be expressed in proper words. My church knows hat the Gospel would never at that early time have reached my people, if His Majesty the King of Sweden had not given his sanction to the foundation of the Church of Sweden Mission Board in 1874. As a small token of the gratitude of my church to Your Majesty the King of Sweden I hereby wish to present Your Majesty with this ¿tsanga¿. This tsanga is a thing used by the priest in the heathen African cult. With this object the priest calls the ancestral spirits together, praising them for protection of the tribe, confessing the sins of the tribe and asking for their continued favour. The tsanga consists of an iron sword with a wooden handle, decorated with copper wires. This decoration is not an original custom, but a thing of recent time. With the iron edge of the tsanga the priest chases away all the evil spirits. Besides, he also uses the tsanga, when digging for his medicines (herbs). But according to the heathen belief, the priest cannot himself get the medicine required, as that can only be done by the ancestral spirits of the tribe concerned. This tsanga has been given to my church by a heathen priest, and that I take as an indication of the surrender of the heathen powers to Christ. In all humility Josia Hove Chairman of the African Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Rhodesia. Address: Majini West Nicholson S. Rhodesia
1In ancient Japan different groups of people fought each other. The people who made the weapons were very skilled. But during times of peace the people didn't need as many weapons. The armorers then proved how skilled they were by making ornaments. They usually portray animals that look almost real. This little bird is a symbol of war.
1Kuda kepang is an Indonesian dance. It means braided horse. The dancers each ride on a horse of braided bamboo. It starts slow but gets wilder and wilder. The dancers often fall into a trance, where the spirits take over. They fight invisible enemies. Sometimes they eat glass or walk on burning embers. In the end the leader wakes them.
1People who use this drum dance and play it at the same time. When they jump the metal beads in the cans on the sides rattle. The members of a dance group bought the material to make the drum 30 years ago. A person called Kalulu made the drum. The dance group used it when they performed at festivals.
1This mask is 100 years old. It took months to make it. The dancers only used it for ten minutes, at weddings for example. Closest to the dancers were the men, while the women had to watch from a distance. The women were forbidden to see the mask being made. But both men and women sang to the dance.
1This type of belt is full of powers. It is said to both take and save lives. The belt is called leketyo, which means peace. Only women wore these belts. If a group of people were fighting and nothing could make them stop, a woman could toss her belt between them. The fight must stop immediately.