Yaka Mask
The Yaka masks are used during the initiation of young males, which include the act of circumcision and instruction in their adult responsibilities. Initiates returning to their villages are allowed a time period where they are allowed to wear these types of masks and sing songs. The initiates in the "bush schools" where only the teachers and the initiates stay make the masks in seclusion.

The Yaka masks have very symbolic meanings to each of them. The face portions are made out of polychrome and they are painted different colors representing the trials and tribulations of the initiates. Each mask has a certain hairstyle made of raffia cloth, which represents the elders of the community and all of their descendents. Some Yaka masks may have objects or creatures perched on the top. These creatures symbolize the rainbow and the moon. Also, the large indented circles around the eyes of the masks symbolize the pathway of the sun.

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