The Punu reside on the left bank of the Upper Ngoume River and belong to a group of tribes known as the
which were originally part of the Luango kingdom of Angola. During the 18th Century the Punu migrated northwards and settled where they are now. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families and social cohesion is ensured by a society, known as
, whose primary role is to subjugate harmful forest spirit. During ceremonies related to the society, small statues and masks appear which are often covered in white pigments, alluding to their anti-witchcraft functions.
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PUNU Face Masks