The iconography of kifwebe masks is highly symbolic and contains numerous references to Songye mythology and cosmology. The deep painted striations recall the metaphysical labyrinth that initiates travel through during their initiation, as well as the rainbow python which is at the center of the Songye creation story. While the masks are connected to manifestations of magical and religious power, they are also linked to earthly functions. As Neyt notes. 'The mask societies see themselves as organs of population control and even judiciary and coercive agencies which reinforce the power of the chief and the nobles.' (Neyt, Songye, 2004, p. 362)
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