Dr. Alfred Metraux’s Gourd Rattles

Title: Gourd Rattle “Asson” “Baksor”
Donor Name: Dr. Alfred Metraux
Culture: Haitian
Object Type: Rattle
Place: Croix-Des-Bouquets (Near Port-Au-Prince), Ouest Province, Haiti, Caribbean
Accession Date: 1942-Jun-19
Topic: Ethnology
Accession Number: 163278
Catalog Number: E382581-0
USNM Number: E382581
Specimen Count: 1
Notes: GOURD RATTLE, NARROW END SERVES AS HANDLE. COVERED WITH LOOSE RETICULATE NETTING OF COLORED GLASS, PROCELIAN BEADS, AND SNAKE VERTEBRAE. THE “ASSON” IS THE SACRED RATTLE USED BY A HOUNGAN (PRIEST) OR MAMBO (PRIESTESS) TO COMMUNICATE WITH DIETIES DURING VODOUN SERVICES. FREQUENTLY USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH DIVINING. THIS SPECIMEN ORIGINALLY COLLECTED BY CATHOLIC CLERGY DURING A CAMPAIGN TO ERADICATE VODOUN PRACTICE.
Record Last Modified: 26 Feb 2009
Data Source: NMNH – Anthropology Dept.
Record Identifier: nmnhanthropology_8417964
Source: The Smithsonian Institution.
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5 Comments

  1. Posted February 20, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink

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  2. Posted February 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

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  3. Posted February 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

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  4. Posted February 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

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  5. Posted February 23, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

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