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Description

Rattle made of six cones of tin attached to a wooden handle. The cones consist of different sizes, three wide and long, and three shorter and smaller in diameter. All are crimped at the handle, where they fit into a metal ring that joins them to the handle. Each cone widens toward the base. The larger three contain a wire hung with a metal nut as a clapper. The cones are decorated with circle and line motifs pressed into the tin. The wooden handle has an engraved line that spirals from end to end.

History Of Use

The Adjá is a fundamental liturgical instrument of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé. In Candomblé ceremonies the Adjá is used for different purposes: to indicate the beginning of a ceremony, as a means to call the Orixás (saints), for guiding those that perform the dances, and to keep the Orixá’s energy in the Terreiro (sacred ground). Its use is only allowed to those that have became yawôs, those who have completed the first seven years of participation in Candomblé practices. The right to use the Adjá (those who are entitled are said to have ‘Adjá Hand’) is publicly asserted by an Orixá during a ceremony.

Cultural Context

religious; ceremonial

Narrative

This item is part of a set, acquired from the O Mundo dos Orixás shop, Madureira Market, in Rio de Janeiro.

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