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This is an emblem of Bansongyi, men’s secret association. This headpiece, also called bansongyi, presents a python standing upright. Baga People of Guinea carve these snake headpieces which can be as high as 9 feet. Bansongyi lives in the sacred forest and emerges when it is time to begin the boys’ coming-of-age rites. As receptacle for the most powerful spirit, bansongyi is believed to be the strongest adversary of sorcery and destructive forces that could endanger the well-being of the village. Bansongyi also appears at the funeral celebrations of the most important members of the community. They were held on the shoulders of a dancer.