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  • The wood structures, called vigango, are 4 feet (1 meter) high and are erected after the death of a member of a secret society of male elders, called the Gohu society.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2007

  • The totems known as vigango - decorated with vaguely human shapes, several feet tall and decorated with paint and bits of cloth - were handed over to the Kenyan Ambassador Peter Ogego at the United Nations on Monday, according to the Boston Globe.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2007

  • The vigango were returned to Chalani village, outside the coastal city of Mombasa, last week after a yearlong effort by the National Museums of Kenya.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2007

  • After the theft, the vigango eventually turned up at Hampton

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2007


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  • National Geographic: 'One of the most aggrieved victims of looting may be the Mijikenda people of the Kenya coast, who have had their ornate funerary objects, known as vigango, robbed for years. The chip-carved, wood vigango depict human faces and are erected for members of a secret society, the gohu. Most are four to six feet... high, though some can be taller, depending on the status of the gohu member. '

    November 2, 2008