Forest Whitaker played the character Zuri in the Black Panther movie. Zuri was the attendant to the former King of Wakanda, T’Chaka. I couldn’t help but notice that the head of his staff was fashioned to look like the traditional sword of my tribal chieftains called Eben. If you read my previous post about the African mask featured in the Black Panther Movie, you will realize why I Iove that this movie is choking with African cultural symbolism and replicas of rarely seen artifacts like the Eben.
What is an Eben?
The Eben is a traditional sword used by Benin chiefs to honor their king, the Oba of Benin* whenever they are summoned, or during coronations and festivities. The Chiefs usually dance with the sword by tossing it repeatedly in the air. It signifies their loyalty to their King and also as a sign of being great men. This sword comes in different sizes and width.
* Benin kingdom is in Nigeria, It should not be confused with the country Benin
Benin Chiefs dancing with Ebens of varying width and sizes with their red attires and coral beaded shoes.
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