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Biteki Suku Yaka figure (N° 16327)
These primitive African statues protecting against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. This powerful object of tribal art was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas.
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Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was ruled by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that ensues are an opportunity today for the Yaka to invoke ancestors and resort to rituals with the help of charms related to the institution "khosi". The initiation society of young people is the n-khanda , which is found in the Eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc...),and which uses various charms and masks in order to ensure a vigorous lineage.
Giving a special cult to twins, the Bayaka (Sing. Yaka) also use janiform statues named yikubu related to the rites common to boys and girls. (C.M.Faïk-Nzuji, The Power of the Sacred)
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