Tuareg Hoggar Turban Talisman – Korkoro – Algeria
1970-80′. Tribal metal; copper rings. Cm. 12,0 width (4.72”); gr. 37,7 (1.33 oz.).
Korcoros talismans are worn around the turban and often contain small scrolls with prayers or magical-religious formulas. The typical turban – the litham – that completely covers the face of the Tuareg except the eyes, has the primary function of protecting the “gates of the soul” (mouth and nostrils) from the evil spirits.
The Tuareg people inhabit a large area, covering almost all the middle and western Sahara and the north-central Sahel. They are probably descended from the ancient Libyan people of the kingdom of the Garamantes, described by Herodotus. Tuareg are mostly nomads. For over two millennia, they operated the trans-Saharan caravan trade connecting the great cities on the southern edge of the Sahara via five desert trade routes to the northern coast of Africa (Mediterranean).
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