Kete

African masks and funeral rites

The Kete are one of many ethnic groups that make up the Kuba kingdom in the southwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The king is always from the Bushong group.

Regarding their traditional artistic production, the Kete used masks during funerals and male initiation ceremonies, during which three male masks and three female masks were worn. The initiation did not imply circumcision but the transmission of knowledge important for adult life.

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