Jabali said, ‘I don't have a single cowrie - and even if I had I wouldn't give it.‘
The article explains how cowries were exchanged for slaves and how East African gold entered Indian Ocean circuits.
In addition to coconut shells, one can use cowries or other ocean shells, and even gunpowder.
There were giant leopard cowries nestled in between coral heads.
I played lookout for my shutter-happy dive buddy, spotting cowries and posing with batfish as I did my safety stop.
There are mushroom and staghorn corals, tiger cowries and batfish.
There are numerous varieties of shrimps, juvenile morays, and a collection of shells including tiger cowries .
Almost all of the RAC's cowries went to the Slave Coast, with few arriving at any other destination.
Here butterfish can be seen feeding on mussels, and cowries are also in evidence.
According to this article, the cowries are called ‘Elegba's shells,’ and are distinct from Ifa's palm nuts.