Famous Salampasu masks made for initiation purposes are characterized by a bulging forehead, slanted eyes, a triangular nose and a mouth displaying intimidating set of teeth. Presented in a progressive order to future initiates, they symbolize the three levels of the society: hunters, warriors, and the chief.
Wooden masks covered or not covered with copper sheets are worn by members of the ibuku warrior association who have killed in battle. Possessing many masks indicated not only wealth but also knowledge. Filing teeth making part of many wooden masks was part of the initiation process for both boys and girls designed to demonstrate the novices’ strength and discipline. Salampasu masquerades were held in wooden enclosures decorated with anthropomorphic figures carved in relief.