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Ibeji TwinsLembu Collections
These carved wooden figures represent the Ibeji Twins and come from the Yoruba people of Nigeria. The Yoruba have one of the highest rates of twin births of any society in the world and twins are highly valued in Yoruba culture. It is thought that twins are one soul contained within two bodies; inextricably linked in life through destiny. The Ibeji Twins are celebrated in Yoruba mythology as being the first twins to appear on earth – the children of the Yoruba gods Chango and Oshun. Up until that moment, no one had ever seen multiple births and Oshun, frightened by her babies, abandoned them. They were immediately adopted by Oya – another female deity – who cared for them as if they were her own. Today the Ibeji Twins are considered divine and are said to bless anyone who receives them with happiness, joy, abundance and laughter. The cowrie shells on the figures are a symbol of fertility and abundance.
Size of each figure: 250mm x 130mm x 90mm
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