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Kipoko (Chief Helmet Mask)

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The Eastern Pende believe that the kipoko mask (meaning ‘sword user’; poko meaning ‘knife’ or ‘sword’) contains the spirit of male beauty and represents the Chief of the community. The big...


Agbogho Mmwo (Maiden Spirit Helmet Mask)

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Used by the male Mmwo secret society, agbogho mmwo helmet masks (also called agbogho monnwu or ikorodo meaning ‘maiden spirit mask’) are used during annual ‘fame of maidens’ ceremonies to honour...


Ndoli Jowei (Sande Sowei Helmet Mask)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Mende men and women in Sierra Leone are governed by a number of secret initiation societies of which the primary societies are the male Poro (meaning ‘no end’ or...


Wanyugo (Funeral Helmet Mask)

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The wanyugo (also called wanyugu) mask, used by the Wabele society active within Southern Senufo sub-groups, functions mainly to detect and ward off the influences of witches, negative forces (dee bele) and bush spirits...


Epa (Ancestor Helmet Mask)

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Epa helmet masks are used to promote health and wellbeing within a community by celebrating and honouring ancestors, cultural heroes and important individuals (including mothers, priests, farmers, kings and hunters) within a...


Epa (Ancestor Helmet Mask)

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Epa helmet masks are used to promote health and wellbeing within a community by celebrating and honouring ancestors, cultural heroes and important individuals (including mothers, priests, farmers, kings and hunters) within a...