Given these uses, Fennell proposes it would not have been unusual for enslaved Africans to appropriate European-manufactured closed fist charms and interpret them as a magical or powerful objects.\n Chapter 6 posits that the Demory skull may not have been associated with BaKongo African cultural traditions at all, but rather with the German diaspora. [...] he returns to the topic of emblematic or instrumental symbolism.
Crossroads and Cosmologies: Diasporas and Ethnogenesis in the New World Jayur Mehta Southeastern Archaeology; Winter 2008; 27, 2; Docstoc pg. 294
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