Art and Life Among the Zaramo of Tanzania

by Diane Pelrine
Indiana University Art Museum

Athumani Jaswa Moto holds a staff that he carries as an emblem of authority, Zaramo peoples, Tanzania. Photo by Diane Pelrine.

Depictions of girl's initiation figures appear on many other types of objects, including combs, stools, stoppers for gourd containers, and staffs.  Here, Athumani Jaswa Moto holds a staff that he carries as an emblem of authority; he also dances with it at certain ceremonies.  Mzee Moto is an mganga, a priest and a healer, who uses a knowledge of medicinal plants and other materials to cure illnesses while officiating at healing rites designed to eliminate their supernatural causes.