This type of head adornment is worn by the members of the highest ranks of the secret bwami society governing the lega social structure, open to circumcised adults and their wives and who instruct their adherents in terms of moral perfectionThese objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and can therefore only be worn by the initiates. The owner cannot part with it during his life. Bwami has varying degrees, with yananio and kindi being the highest. The materials used vary, they can be clothing buttons, cauris, shells, pearls or cocoa beans. On a carefully braided cap of natural fibres, this head cover is completely covered with rows of buttons, glass beads and long braids of vegetable fiber. This headdress was once topped with elephant hair in reference to the destructive power of the animal under an unflappable appearance. Source: " Insiders". Ed. Dapper Museum; "Animal" Dapper Museum.
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