Tomando Mate - Argentina
Gaucho 'taking mate' in Argentina. Tomando mate or "taking mate," is a cultural practice, which refers literally to drinking a semi-bitter herbal infusion of crushed yerba mate leaves in hot water. One takes mate by putting the loose, crushed leaves in a mate gourd, pouring hot water (about 2 ounces at a time) over the leaves, and using a bombilla, or a metal straw with a strainer on the end to separate the water from the leaves, to drink the beverage. Few Argentines like tomando mate alone, however. This is an intensely social activity, and one person holds the thermos, pours new water into the gourd and passes it to each person in turn.
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Photograph: Bren practice. Shows two men lying on their stomachs, one is holding a Bren gun and the other is adjusting the gun. From a photograph album containing 620 photographs compiled by Maj Wilfred Herbert James Sale, MC, 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), 1940-1941. With captions taken from a separate index volume. Associated with World War Two (1939-1945). Date: 1941
© The National Army Museum / Mary Evans Picture Library
An idol from the Congo with nails and knives driven into it
An idol from the Congo with knives and nails driven in to it. The wooden idol, from the region north of the Lower Congo (Chiloango River), is from the British Museum and is covered in knives and nails knocked into it by worshippers. Known as Mangaka, its aid was sought by men who had suffered from theft, accident, sickness, or misfortune. The victim, on payment of a fee, was permitted to drive a nail or knife blade into the figure to call the attention of the supernatural power, which the figure represents. Figure featured in a double page spread in The Illustrated London News comparing this practice to similar actions upon German statues during the First World War, particularly that of Hindenburg in Berlin. German people paid to knock nails into his effigy and other popular heroes. Date: 1915
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans