Mali: Rare & Old Tribal used African Ntomo Bamana Animal statue. This type of statues is used in initiation ceremonies.Hand carved from a single piece of wood. The Bamana numbering 2,500.000 million form the largest ethnic group within Mali. The triangle of the Bamana region, divided in two parts by the Niger River, constitutes the greater part of the western and southern Mali of today. The dry savanna permits no more than a subsistence economy, and the soil produces, with some difficulty, corn, millet, sorghum, rice, and beans.
Their traditions include six male societies, each with its own type of mask. Initiation for men lasts for seven years and ends with their symbolic death and their rebirth. Nearly every Bambara man had to pass through these societies in succession, until, upon reaching the highest rank, he had acquired a comprehensive knowledge of ancestral traditions.
The jo society has become a sort of framework for other initiation society. Until a few decades ago, initiation was obligatory for every young man.
Jo initiations take place every seven years, after candidates receive six years of special training. During this time, the young men go through a ritual death and live one week in the bush before returning to the village. There they publicly perform the dances and songsthey have learned in the bush, and receive small presents from spectators. The stand is NOT included.
No hassles, no questions asked. We are usually able to respond within 24 hours.The item "210209 Old & Tribal used Rare African Ntomo Bamana animal Statue Mali" is in sale since Monday, January 25, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\African\Masks". The seller is "africa-gallery" and is located in Hengelo OV. This item can be shipped worldwide.