Salampasu Ceremonial African Tribal Mask
Salampasu Ceremonial African Tribal Mask
Salampasu Ceremonial African Tribal Mask
Salampasu Ceremonial African Tribal Mask
Salampasu Ceremonial African Tribal Mask
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Salampasu Ceremonial African Tribal Mask

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Great example of a Selampasu Mask. This is a type of ceremonial mask related to the society of warriors and initiation rites. These masks are often feared due to a belief that they carry power. // The 60,000 Salampasu people live east of the Kasai River, on the frontier between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. Their name is said to mean “hunters of locusts”, but they were widely viewed with terror by adjacent groups. They maintain strong commercial and cultural relations with their southern neighbors, the Chokwe and the Lunda, to whom they pay tribute. The Salampasu are homogeneous people governed by territorial chiefs, who supervise village chiefs. Their hierarchical power structure is counterbalanced by a warriors' society. A people with a reputation as fearless warriors, the Salampasu have retained the custom of a rough and primitive life. Warring and hunting are privileged occupations, but the women do some farming.