TRIBAL AFRICAN ART

BULE (BULU)

Occupying the border region between Cameroon and Gabon, the Bule form part of the Fang group and live not far from Bakwele, with whom they share cultural similarities. They practiced a ngi ritual against sorcery, in particular, against poisonings. Ngi is the gorilla, a fearful animal, with whom the candidate identifies after he has been accepted into the association.

Most of their masks are in the form of a human face, some with horns. They have geometrically formed human heads, mostly colored white and black.

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