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Tribal art - Headdress Hat:

The hats generally worn by the notables during tribal events, are often sumptuous headdresses like the Juju Bamileke. Some hats worn by marabouts are decked out with all kinds of mystical materials.


Lega headdress with hornbill crest
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Animal symbolism in the " primitive African art " of the Lega
This type of head adornment is worn by members of the highest ranks of the bwami secret society governing the lega social structure, open to circumcised adults and their wives and who educate their adherents in terms of moral perfection. The hornbill would be, according to E.L. Cameron, associated with the ambition of an individual who does not measure the cost.
These items are part of masengo , meaning that they are sacred and therefore can only be worn by initiates. The owner cannot part with it during his life. The materials used vary, they could be buttons of clothes, cowries, pearls or cocoa beans. On a cap carefully braided in natural fibers, this head covering is entirely covered with ...

Bwami s Lega Mukaba Hairstyle
Tribal art > Headdress Hat > Mukaba Hairstyle

This type of head adornment is worn by members of the highest ranks of the secret society bwami governing the social structure lega , open to circumcised adults and their wives and who instruct their adherents in terms of moral perfection. These objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and can therefore only be carried by the initiates.  The owner cannot part with it during his life.  Bwami has varying degrees, with yananio and kindi highest. The materials used vary, including clothing buttons, cureds, pearls or cocoa beans.  On a carefully woven cap made of natural fibers, this head cover is completely covered with manufactured buttons. This ancient cap is usually surmounted by elephant hair in reference, under an unflappable appearance, to the destructive power of ...


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Headdress Lega Mukaba
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This type of head adornment is worn by members of the highest ranks of the secret society bwami governing the social structure lega , open to circumcised adults and their wives and who instruct their adherents in terms of moral perfection. These objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and can therefore only be carried by the initiates.  The owner cannot part with it during his life.  Bwami has varying degrees, with yananio and kindi highest.
The materials used vary, they may be clothing buttons, curies, pearls or cocoa beans.  On a carefully woven cap made of natural fibers, this head cover is completely covered with manufactured buttons. This ancient cap is usually surmounted by elephant hair in reference, under an unflappable appearance, to the destructive ...


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Lega Mukuba Headdress
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Tribal art > Headdress Hat > Lega Headdress

This type of head adornment is worn by the members of the highest ranks of the secret society bwami governing the social structure lega , open to circumcised adults and their wives and who educate their adherents in terms of moral perfection. These objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and therefore can only be worn by the initiates.  The owner cannot part with it during his life.  Bwami has varying degrees, with yananio and kindi being the highest.
The materials used vary, they can be clothing buttons, cauris, pearls or cocoa beans.  On a carefully braided cap of natural fibres, this head cover is completely covered with manufactured buttons. This ancient cap is topped with elephant hair in reference to the destructive power of the animal under an ...


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Lega Lutumbo lwa kindi hairstyle
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Tribal art > Headdress Hat > Lega Headdress

This type of head adornment is worn by the members of the highest ranks of the secret society bwami governing the social structure lega , open to circumcised adults and their wives and who instruct their adherents in terms of moral perfectionThese objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and can therefore only be worn by the initiates. The owner cannot part with it during his life. Bwami has varying degrees, with yananio and kindi being the highest.

The materials used vary, they can be clothing buttons, cauris, pearls or cocoa beans. On a carefully braided cap of natural fibres, this head cover is completely covered with manufactured buttons. This ancient cap is topped with elephant hair in reference to the destructive power of the animal under an ...





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