figures have been mostly used for two purposes:
the first was to incarnate a spirit of the bush, Asie Usu:
the second was to represent a spouse from the other world, Blolo
Bla or Blolo Bian.
The Asie Usu
spirits live in the countryside. They are mischevious, but, if
honoured properly, will grant fruitful harvests and hunts. They
sometimes express desire, through the village diviner, to be
associated with a specific person.
The Blolo Bla
or Blolo Bian represents a spouse from the spirit world.
Baule people believe that every person has such a spouse. It
manifests itself through a series of dreams, usually of a sexual
nature, and is believed to be responsible for practical and spiritual
problems that arise in the life of the individual.
001-005 = Blolo
Bla or Blolo Bian
008 = Asie Usu