Songye Kifwebe Mask
A society located just north of the Luba is the Songye. Linguistically and culturally related, the majority of their art has to do with manipulating spiritual powers. One group within the Songye are called Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe. They used masks called bifwebe (sing. kifwebe). These masks are a powerful social instrument used with healing and mystical control, used by maskers who are visual messengers that rely on witchcraft and sorcery to maintain its rule. Maskers are not human, nor are they animal, or spirit even, they challenge categorization during the ritual. They have male and female masks, both of which are worn only by men. (KAS)
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