Dogon or Bamana “spritual armour” protection clothing

BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

“These garments, called shirts, jackets or tunics were worn by Dogon or Bamana men for protection in the forest, from both wild animals and dangerous spirits. A successful hunter must not only be master of the forest and wild animals, but must also have the spiritual power necessary to negotiate the dangerous supernatural realm. They are often embellished with small objects, animal horns, mirrors, jewelry, and leather pouches, that provide the “spiritual armor” necessary to protect the hunter from both real and spirit forces.”

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