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Nkisi or Nkishi are spirits or an object that a spirit inhabits. Nkisi or Nkishi are spirits or an object that a spirit inhabits. Nkisi, in west-central African lore, any object or material substance invested with sacred energy and made available for spiritual protection. A nkisi (plural: minkisi) is loosely translated as a "spirit" yet it is represented as a container of sacred substances which are activated by supernatural forces that can be summoned into the physical world. Power Figure: Male (Nkisi) (Kongo peoples), 19th-mid 20th century, Kongo peoples, wood. Power Figure (Nkisi N'Kondi: Mangaaka) 19th century.

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