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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...


Muzidi (Ancestor Figure)

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The Bembe, a sub-group of the larger Kongo ethnic group of Democratic Republic of the Congo, make use of two key types of figures: ancestral figures used to represent and honour deceased community leaders, and another group of...


Boli (Nyama Power Figure)

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The Bamana harness supernatural energy (nyama) to resolve disputes, cure illnesses, hunt down witches and other negative spiritual forces, and to generally protect the community from harm. To help harness nyama, boliw (sing....


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...


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...


Ngombo Ya Kusekula (Divination Basket)

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The Chokwe typically turn to a tahi (meaning diviner) when seeking advice or faced with an illness or affliction they’d like to overcome. A ngombo ya kusekula (also called ngombo ya lipele or ngombo ya cisuka) is a...