Ndebele Fertility Doll Large
Fertility is of major importance to the Ndebele people. A fertility doll is made ( in secret) for the bride by the maternal Grandmother and is ritually presented to her when she enters her new hut after the wedding ceremony.Custom has it that, after the birth of the third child, the fertility doll must be given away, or destroyed,because it is considered unlucky to keep it any longer.
This is a Fair Trade Product, part of the proceeds go back to the community and is hand made in South Africa
Among the Nguni people the Sangoma is an important specialist, a diviner who claims contact with the ancestral spirits. It is believed that she reveals the will of the spirits. The Sangoma is revered as the protector of society and her opinion and judgement are highly valued.
Size 18 cm high