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 kalukili spoon (also called kakili) owned by yananio and kindi initiates. The spoons are used to symbolise the importance of continuity and growth through food. Wise old men of the community use the spoons to eat porridge, communicating to the village the high rank they hold in the community. The spoons are also used at Bwami ceremonies to symbolically feed performing masquerades through their masks as well as during circumcision rituals of the bwali association where young initiates place the spoons between their teeth to stem the pain of the operation.