Leopard Initiation Mask

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The name Babemba (Bembe) means “the people of the lake.” The Bemba settled mostly in northeast of Zambia, but also in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They share a number of traits with their neighbors on the shores of Lake Tanganyika: the Lega, the Buyu, and the Binji. The territory surrounding them is covered with forests, plateaus, and wooden savannas traversed by rivers. The Bemba have the reputation of being a proud, hard people who learned the art of the hunt and the harvesting of honey. They practice slash-and-burn agriculture; a social, ritual, and economic value is connected to the hunt. Villages, consisting of about thirty huts were abandoned every three to four years once the soil became exhausted. The Bemba borrowed the bwami association from the Lega, but they have also other secret societies. The Bemba bwami has only two classes of initiates, those of the "hat" and those of the "leopard."   

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Product Details:

  • Size: 15" x 9" x 4"
  • Shipping: $40.00
  • Material: wood
  • Quantity: 1 available in stock
  • SKU: #M9B11M404

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