Johns Hopkins University
Fall/Winter 2006
Vol. 4, No. 1

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The “Pença de Balangandans” is a religious object created by African slaves brought into Brazil. Smaller versions were worn on clothing; larger ones were hung behind a home’s entrance door to bring protection. Each charm represents something different: the fist, for example, wards off jealousy and disease, while the corn represents the fertility of the land. From the collection of artist Sam Christian Holmes.

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PHOTO BY MIKE CIESIELSKI