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Africa YORUBA, Osanyin Staffs 

YORUBA, Osanyin Staffs, Nigeria Iron staffs surmounted by birds and dedicated to Osanyin, deity of herbal medicine. Used to promote healing and protectiont. The birds hobor the powers of elderly women, who could transform themselves into birds, to gain their support in the healing. The staffs were placed in the ground next to the ailing person.

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