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  Akha dolls

 

Thailand

Formerly, each Akha village used to have its own spirit gate, and many still have today. It is built to separate the human world from the world of the bush spirits and the gates are decorated with human objects to scare away evil spirits.

 

Typically, besides the human objects there are also wooden carvings of naked or copulating humans, reminiscent of those used by the Gia Rai in Vietnam (fig.).

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  Akha dolls