Asojano’s Ja and Kacha

Asojano /Asowano / Asohano – Babalu Aye uses a straw broom to clean people and restore health. The ha (ha is a Fon word meaning broom) is made from palm fibers. Within the beaded handle part is an elaborate concoction that is wrapped in cloth, imbibing the straw broom with the power to heal. The ha is handled and manipulated in different ways. The kacha is a wristband that also contains a sacred bundle of medicine that is wrapped in burlap and goatskin and then decorated with beads and cowries. It is consecrated, along with the ha, when receiving Babalu.

The ha and kacha here are beaded for the path of Asohano called Asunege or Osunege.


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