Circumcision Mask - Kakongo-Metoko - DRC

Circumcision Mask - Kakongo-Metoko - DRC
Middle of the 20th century - Very good condition

Ethnic group: Metoko.
Country: D.R Congo .
Dimensions: 32 x 16 cm.
Around 1950.
Mask of a small size, with a very nice patina.
A stand is possible, in addition.

Although the Kakongo, the Metoko and the Lengola were peoples of the forest, they all believed in a God Creator.

The belief in spirits of nature was quite developed.
However, the reference to the ancestors in order to reach God was greater.

Each individual could evoke the spirit of his major lineage in the village.
He would also evoke the one of his uncle if he was in the village.
Among the rites of passage, only those who believed deserved to be mentioned, like for example the “Tshoo” of the Metoko.

But those rites were quite simple and did not include an esoteric teaching comparable to the one of the region of Balese-Komo.

The Metoko and Lengola circumcisions were more related to the “Kota” which ruled the operations and supervised the boys.
The complete rite did not last more than three months, rather it was for the Bembe, the Lengola or the Metoko. However, among the northern Binja, ceremonies were of the same nature, but could last until five months.

To learn more about the rite associated to this, we invite you to follow this very documented link from which we have extracted the aforementioned text.

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