The social and spiritual lives of the Lega people, are governed by a central initiation society known as Bwami; Bwami is responsible for teaching morality through community performances, dances and objects. The Bwami association includes 5 society grades including:
A Lega man must pass through all (voluntary) initiation societies respectively to be considered a rounded man with full insight into ancestral teachings and traditions. The Bwami association is also believed to strengthen bonds within the community.
Each initiation society has its own associated objects and sculptures (isengo, pl. masengo meaning 'heavy things') including the generic iginga human figures (pl. maginga meaning 'objects that sustain the teachings and percepts of Bwami') owned only by lutumbo iwa kindi initiates. The most sort after of all Lega objects, maginga figures are used only during Bwami initiations. "These statues most often were inherited by the initiate from a deceased parent after having been displayed at the grave of the deceased".1