Min (Pl. Min-Se-Le)

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[minsereh] Southern Bullom word for 'spirit'. T.J.Alldridge (q.v.) in his early writings on Sierra Leone referred to the carved wooden female figures of the Yasi society as 'minsereh' (mistaking the plural form of 'min' for the figures' proper name) and later writers followed his lead, describing all carved wooden female figures from southern Sierra Leone as 'minsereh', whether or not they were from a Bullom area or were known to be linked to Yasi (or Njayei, its Mende equivalent).

  • T.J.Alldridge, The Sherbro and its Hinterland (London 1901), Ch.15.
  • W.A.Hart, 'So-called 'minsereh' figures from Sierra Leone', African Arts, 1984, XVIII, 1, 84-86.