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Spoon Lega anthropozoomorphe (N° 13701)

If Bwami aspirants are symbolically fed during initiation ceremonies, the use of African Lega spoons extends similarly to circumcision rites. The instructor places them in the circumcised's mouth so that he bites it during the operation. The bone or ivory spoons kalukili, or kakili , were, however, the preserve of the highest ranks of the Bwami. Their symbolism is associated with masks and statuettes with the proverbs and sayings of lega society. Within the Lega, the Bwami society, 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 called Warega, these individuals live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on top of hills. The role of the chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in 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. Source: "Art of the Lega" E.L.Cameron  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyLega
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood, brass
Height34
Width6
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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