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Jawbones of sacrificed animals are strung across the front of a room with an ancestral shrine in the Tongo Hills of northern Ghana.

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A traditional Talensi room in the Tongo Hills of Tengzug, Ghana. To the right of its entrance stands an ancestral shrine and the jaw bones of sacrificed donkeys hang above it.

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A traditional Talensi room in the Tongo Hills of Tengzug, Ghana. To the right of its entrance stands an ancestral shrine and the jaw bones of sacrificed donkeys hang above it.

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A sacrificed dog’s skull and bones sit atop a personal shrine in the Tengzug chief’s palace in the Tongo Hills of northern Ghana.

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The Tengzuk chief’s palace is a labyrinth of flat-roofed, mud buildings in the Tongo Hills. Throughout the narrow alleys and outside every home are shrines to ancestors and spirits.

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Magical amulets meant to offer protection hang from a Bambara man’s smock in Mali.

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A Bambara child wearing a magical amulet in the village of Falako in Mali.

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