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Tsonga / Zulu / Nguni Tribe Ceremonial Axe

African tribal weapons are fast becoming highly collectible. Check out the video above and let me know what you think. I personally think African tribal weapons have been overlooked. Some of the tribal weapons or ceremonial  staffs like the one in the video have a very interesting design. These were found typically with people of high social status among the Tsonga tribes in Southern Africa. Metropolitan Museum currently has a similar ceremonial axe from the Shona people (Zimbabwe, Mozambique) made...

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Shona Prestige Staffs – Axe and Spear

SHONA CEREMONIAL SCEPTER'S HISTORICAL CONTEXTThe Shona tribe is based from the north of Zululand, in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa.  The Shona tribe had a tough history involved in fighting local neighboring tribes such as the Zulu,  the Portuguese, and the British as well. Just like the Zulu, the Shona people during the 19th century had a war like disposition probably due to the invariable conflicts they faced. Shona prestige axes, like the one above, known as "GANO" were ceremonial scepters that were...

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