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The Babanki live in the North of the region named Cameroonian Grasslands. Their neighbors are the Kom, Wum and Bali. Under the influence of the Fulani invaders, many of them converted to Islam. They revere the ancestors who would incarnate in the skulls held by the elders of each lineage. The Grasslands brotherhoods use zoomorphic masks, some decorated with pearls, called buffalo masks. They would indeed have the power to metamorphose into animals. In some lineages however, this mask is replaced by the wooden elephant mask.


Babanki / Bamoun helmet mask
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Elephant mask with large concave ears, which was worn horizontally. The dancers of the Kuosi society, to which the nobles and warriors belonged, mimicked the charge of the animal during the choreography. The surface is plated with metal sheets decorated with floral motifs.
The Babanki live in the north of the region called Cameroonian Grasslands . Their neighbors are the Kom, Wum and Bali. Under the influence of Fulani invaders, many of them converted to Islam. They revere the ancestors who are said to be embodied in the skulls held by the elders of each lineage. The Grasslands brotherhoods use zoomorphic masks, some decorated with beads, called buffalo masks, and beaded hoods also representing the elephant. The elders are said to have the power to transform themselves ...





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