Image of Chuma cha ana
Photographer: Arjen van de Merwe

Chuma cha ana


Named "the wealth of the children”, this character denounces the greedy battles that can ensue when family members fight over the wealth and belongings of a deceased person. There is the risk that children of the deceased may not receive their due rights in inheritance. This is a recent character, dating from around 2005, and reflects the perceived increase in materialism in Chewa society. The many horns represent the children and siblings of the deceased.