Rubbing Kuba oracle ‘Itoom’  in the shape of an elephant - Democratic Republic of the Congo

Rubbing Kuba oracle ‘Itoom’ in the shape of an elephant - Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Rubbing Kuba oracle ‘Itoom’ in the shape of an elephant - Democratic Republic of the Congo

A divination tool, called ‘Itoom’ or ‘Itumbwa’, in the form of an elephant. The back of the animal constitutes the smooth rubbing surface of the oracle. The soothsayer rubs the wooden ‘button’ (missing) back and forth on this surface while he asks the ‘spirits’ the questions put forth by his client. If the ‘button’ suddenly gets stuck on the rubbing surface, it means that a question has been answered.