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Ofika ('Hanging' Figure)

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Lilwa is a male initiation association that acts as a governing body of the Mbole people of the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as neighbouring cultures. In addition to ceremonial functions, the Lilwa also provide social,...


Kakishi (Divination Object)

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The Luba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo use divination to address and remedy misfortune. Divination, which is done through various mnemonic devices, practices and performances, is a process that reconstructs the...


So'o (Chimpanzee-Human Mask)

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The so’o mask, or sokomutu in Swahili (and sometimes referred to as mwisi gwa so’o, suku muntu or ibombo ya soho in some sources), belongs to the Hemba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So’o means...


Buti (Ancestral Figure)

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Ancestral spirits, called ikwii, are important in Teke society. Ikwii, meaning “shades of the dead” serve as guardians of the living, protecting them from any sort of adversity and affliction perpetrated by witches. The...


Kiyunde (Buffalo Headdress)

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Two types of masks are used in Tabwa culture. The first type takes form in an anthropomorphic facial or full-head mask. The second kind is a massive buffalo mask that’s worn on one’s head, sometimes with wooden handles...


Makunda (Initiation Mask)

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Makunda (also called n-khanda, m-khanda, longwa or nzo longo) is the initiation society used to transition male children into manhood. Yaka boys considered ready for initiation (called tundansi) are taken to a bush camp...