Charms and Rituals

Fishing societies often turn to charms, amulets, or totems as protective devices. In some cases, these objects are worn by an individual; in others, they serve as shrines for a crew, family, or community as a whole.

Fishing charm, Lamu, Kenya

The oculus, or eye, is a painted wooden disk with Koranic text, and carved flags, flowers, and birds §.
courtesy of the Afrika Museum, the Netherlands

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Judith Gradwohl, Smithsonian Institution (Curator/Ocean Planet)