Art and Initiation in Western Zambia

by Manuel Jordán
Musical Instrument Museum (formerly Birmingham Museum of Art)

Chokwe-Luchazi senior diviner named Chipoya with divination basket. Chipoya Village, Zambia, 1992. Photo by Manuel Jordán.

Chokwe and related groups use a type of divination called ngombo ya chisuka or ngombo ya kusekula, meaning divination by shaking up a basket. Divination baskets contain a number of objects including miniature carved figurines, seeds, minerals, animal parts, and other artifacts.