Visually striking and technically sophisticated, African body ornaments often reflect a person's life style, family situation and status. Amulets are also worn as protection against evil and to appease the gods. In West Africa gold jewelry was worn by kings and chiefs as well as their subjects and slaves. This served as a visual demonstration of the prestigious position and power of the tribal leaders and the community as a whole. Much of Africa's jewelry still retains its ceremonial significance today.
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