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Lega Spoon (N° 13699)

If the aspirants to Bwami are symbolically nourished during the initiation ceremonies, the use of African spoons also extends to circumcision rites. The instructor places them in the circumcised's mouth so that he bites her during the operation. The bone or ivory spoons kalukili, or kakili , were, however, the prerogative of the highest ranks of the Bwami.Au The Lea, the society of Bwami open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, these individuals live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on the top of hills. The role of the leader, kindi, is held by the oldest man of the clan, who must be the highest ranking. As in other forest tribes, men hunt and clear while women grow cassava. Social recognition and authority also had to be won individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and impeccable behavior. Ref. : " Art of the Lega" E.L.Cameron  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyLega
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height29
Width9
Weight0.15 Kg
Socle includedYes

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