The Vuvi people of Gabon are a small ethnic group between the Offoué and Lolo rivers. They worship and revere ancestors through a number of rituals and ceremonies called Bwete. The practise of ancestor worship ensures protection and survival of the family where masks are worn. Masked dancers also play a significant role in the celebration of the younger generations who undergo a six month initiation period, with song and dance upon their return to the community as young adults. The masks are believed to represent ancestors who are pleased with their progress and the spiritual entities of Kombe (the sun), Ngonde (the moon), Minanga (the stars) and Ngadi (thunder).
Masks make for beautiful sculptural decorative pieces anywhere in the home. Arrange individually or in sets for a statement styling.
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