Antique Kuba Prestige Cap – Laket Mishiing – DR Congo
Raffia vinifera fibers Cm. 7,5 high (5.51″); diameter cm. 18,0 (8.66″).
Kuba, also called Bakuba, a cluster of about 16 Bantu-speaking groups in southeastern Congo (Kinshasa), living between the Kasai and Sankuru rivers east of their confluence.
They grow raffia and oil palms, raise corn as a cash crop, and hunt and fish. They have kept aloof from modern life, and few have emigrated or engage in European-style occupations. The groups are divided into lineages related through matrilineal descent; the lineages are segments of numerous dispersed clans. The Kuba are united in a kingdom, ruled by the central Bushongo group, which emerged about 1600.
Nature spirits, the spirits of dead kings, the spirits of evenstors dominate Kuba religion.
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