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Ekpe Leopard Headdress
Ekpe Leopard Skin

Origin

The Leopard Society

Type

Headdress

Effects

Blind loyalty

Downsides

Cannibalistic tendencies and madness

Activation

Speaking while wearing

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Homobonus-MT8

Aisle

Headwear - Reboux-923

Shelf

341146-3150-475

Date of Collection

1/1978

[Source]


OriginEdit

The Leopard Society, also known as Ekpe, was the oldest secret society in West Africa. It was an all male group, most likely originating as a warrior society. They assumed importance during the Atlantic slave trade and dominated by the Efik people by the late 1700s. The trade brought imports and wealth to the region. Seeking to augment this wealth the Efik sold memberships into their society to others enabling it to spread widely and quickly. Members would dress in leopard skins, waylaying travelers with claw weapons crafted from leopard's claws and teeth. After killing and looting the victims the members would practice cannibalism, feasting on the victim's flesh. The leader of the society was made known with a headdress crafted from the head of a leopard in mid snarl along with the rest of the traditional garb.

EffectsEdit

While speaking to a group while wearing the skin those listening become blindly loyal to the speaker. Prolonged use brings on cannibalistic tendencies and madness

CollectionEdit

Was removed from Jean-Bédel Bokassa's possession when he was removed to be bronzed.

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