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Bamana zoomorphic mask (N° 17928)
Among the different scales of the initiation of secret societies dyo, in the Bamana, the society Koré , which concerns the elders, is supposed to make the individual an accomplished man and prepares them for a simulacrum of death. The kore se also divides into eight learning classes, four of which have zoomorphic masks that often appear together. The fourth level of training is the kono , which has an elephant mask only performing in front of the initiates. Patine mate loclament abraded.
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eals in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara, Bamana (c) or unbelievers, as the Muslims have named them, belong to the great Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. Mostly farmers, but also herders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. Animists, they believe in the existence of a creative god generically called Ngala, who has 266 sacred attributes. One, every day of the 9 lunar months that lasts the gestation of a child. Ngala maintains the order of the universe. Its existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who has given all the qualities to men and who grows the fruits of the earth.
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