Songye (Songe)

Songye (Songe) is a group of Bantu-speaking people living in the Kasai province of Congo-Zaire. Like many other African groups they are divided into many "secret" societies. Traditional mask (Kifwebe) is worn by a male in some rituals to represent spirits. Very often these masks are painted white and can be male or female. Female masks are usually mostly white. Members of Kifwebe society would receive contributions from members of community in exchange for their protection.
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