Moghondzi (Ancestor ) Vuvi Mask - Gabon

Moghondzi (Ancestor ) Vuvi Mask - Gabon

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Classical Moghondzi (Ancestor ) Vuvi Mask - Gabon

Upon completion of the grueling initiation period, the young 'adults' are welcomed back into the community with song and dance. Masked dancers (wearing Moghondzi masks) emerge from the dark forest at night, symbolizing deceased ancestors pleased with the new initiates—they are said to arrive from the land of the dead, the land of Kombe, the guardian of the 'village of the dead'. The masks are believed to represent the spiritual entities of Kombe (the sun), Ngonde (the moon), Minanga (the stars), and Ngadi(thunder).