Stunning African Tribal Mask Luvale-lwena Chokwe Pwo Mask Collectible N-reserve


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Dimension

8" (13" w/ fiber dress)"H x6 1/2"W x 7"D

Mid20th Century

Wood-Hair-Vegetal material

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In Zambia the Luvale people hold the 'Makishi festival' to mark the end of the 'kumukanda' (or 'initiation'). Every 5 years or so, boys from the same age group (young teenagers) are taken in to the bush for 1-2 months where they undergo several rights of passage into manhood. These involve learning certain survival skills, learning about women and how to be a good husband, learning about fatherhood, and also they are circumsized. The Luvale consider men who are not cut to be dirty or unhygienic. It is said that in some very rural areas where the kumukanda is maintained in it's strictest traditional sense that if a women is to pass by the boy's 'bushcamp' whilst they are undergoing kumukanda then she must be punished, even killed. To celebrate the boys' completion of the kumukanda the Makishi festival welcomes them back to the village as men. The night before men from the village take their masks to the graveyard and sleep there, allowing the spirits of their ancestors to enter them. The following evening they appear in the village with their masks. Although the other members of the community know roughly who is taking part, they don't know who is under which mask. The masks represent specific characters: Pwebo (a female character... 'pwebo' meaning 'woman' in Luvale) and Chizaluke amongst others

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