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Kakishi (Divination Object)


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...

Kibango (Staff of Office)


There are at least three different types of staffs, varying in degrees of importance, carried by Luba chiefs and high-ranking officials.

Dilanga is the simplest staff. It is tall and sticklike, often accompanied by a bell...

Mikisi Mihasi (Pendant)


The Luba venerate their ancestors by carving and caring for small ivory, bone, or teeth female figurines. Said to be portraits that honour revered ancestors, mikisi mihasi pendants evoke the memory of ancestral...

Lupona (Royal Stool)


Lupona caryatid stools, thrones, or seats of leadership, (also called kipona or kihona in some sources) are considered the most important of all Luba royal insignia of office. Used solely by Luba rulers, lupona stools are a...

Lukasa (Memory Board)


Mbudye (pl. Bambudye) is an association, believed to have been founded in the eighteenth century, responsible for a number of Luba functions:

Assisting in the installation of a king for office Safeguarding heirlooms of...

Mboko (Female Bowl-Bearing Figure)


The Luba typically turn to a bilumbu (diviner) when seeking identification of an illness or misfortune. It is the bilumbu’s responsibility liaise with the spirit world to identify the cause of the aliment and recommend a...