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Ancestral effigies, Kafiristan, India. Models of the life-sized figures which are placed outside box graves on hillsides one year after death. Offerings of food, bows and arrows are made to them, and public disasters are attributed to the mishandling of them. The equestrian figures represent males and the seated figures represent females.

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