The Loma are a Manden ethnic group living primarily in the mountainous, sparsely populated border region between Guinea and Liberia. They are called Toma in Guinea and Guinea-Bissau. This mask is used by Loma male private societies. It shows an abstract face representing Angbaï (AKA Landaï), the spirit of the bush which intervenes at the time of the initiation of young boys. At his call, future initiated youngsters must retire in the forest where they will be symbolically eaten by Angbaï for them rebirth as adults.
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