Ethnographic References | ET001

Description: The wakrapuku is created from animal horns and the limitation occasioned by their length is overcome by combining a number of horn sections together to form a composite instrument. It is normally found played in pairs and is used after planting maize when two players parade around the field while playing in order to please the rain God and ensure a good harvest. The connection of such a horn-based instrument with fertility and plenty mirrors that of the Greek and Roman cornucopia. The two wakrapuku players report that their instruments are male and female although they are unable to tell you which one is which.

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Citations: Holmes 2022: pp.48, Figure 5.4 pp.50, 72