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Buyu Basikasingo mask (N° 17794)
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Fral flows have mixed Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu within the same territories. The Basikasingo , considered by some to be a sub-clan Buyu , are not of bembe origin, however, as Biebuyck's work has traced its history. Organized in lineages, they borrowed the association of the Bwami the Lega. The bembé and boyo traditions are relatively similar They worship the spirits of nature, water specifically among the Boyo, but also heroic ancestors, whose will is sought through divinatory rites. Hunting is also an opportunity to make sacrifices of gratitude to entities that have been begged for favour and protection. Their masks are rare and their function little documented. Grey brown patina encrusted with residual kaolin.
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