Good, Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. PENDE (BAPENDE, PHENBE, PINDI, PINJI). Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The 250,000 to 500,000 Pende people settled in the region near the Loango and Kasai Rivers. They are governed by a central authority, but pay allegiance to family chiefs, known as. The tribe members are divided into numerous territorial groups, the two most important being in Kwilu and Kasai. The Pende political system is mainly controlled by lineage and marriage. There is no recognized central political power, and the chiefs that do exist do not exercise significant authority.
The extended family seems to serve the needs of social control within individual communities. The Pende are a matrilineal people, and the eldest maternal uncle in a family is usually recognized as heading the lineage, a position that entails ensuring the well-being of the family and taking care of the ancestors. The Pende are mainly farmers who produce millet, maize, plantain, and peanuts.The men help with the clearing of the fields and also contribute to the diet with occasional hunting and fishing in the numerous local rivers. The ancestors (mvumbi) are placated through various rituals and offerings.
The family head is responsible for taking care of the shrines and appeasing the spirits. The Pende recognize that spirits may be either good or bad, depending on the manner in which they died. Also, when ancestors are neglected they will cause bad things to happen to the family.
The result may be sickness or hardship, both of which require a visit to the local diviner to determine the best way to appease the spirits. Blacksmiths enjoyed enormous prestige, vestiges of which are still alive today.Blacksmiths and chiefs are considered of equivalent social status. When one or the other visits a village, his arrival must be honored by a day of rest for the entire population. Even though the society is matrilinear, the sculptor's profession is transmitted from father to son. The ancestors are honored most especially during the masked celebration held in sanctuaries in the chiefs' huts or on the edge of the forest.
A statue of the chief's wife sometimes stands atop the roof; it symbolizes fertility and emphasizes the importance of women. Good luck and thanks for looking. 15 USD I reduce to 10 USD.
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