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Africa | Diviner from the Luba people of the DR Congo | ©Mary Nooter Roberts, 1988

White pigment and beads refer to the moon and suggest a Luba diviner's powers of insight and enlightenment during consultations. Photograph by Mary Nooter Roberts, 1988

DUBA, A MANGBETU CHIEF, BROTHER OF DANKA, SON OF AZANGA. PLASTER CAST TAKEN. PORTRAIT 3/4 VIEW, (NEARLY FRONT). Locale: RUNGU, CONGO BELGE

DUBA, A MANGBETU CHIEF, BROTHER OF DANKA, SON OF AZANGA. PLASTER CAST TAKEN. PORTRAIT 3/4 VIEW, (NEARLY FRONT). Locale: RUNGU, CONGO BELGE

congo-mondele: “ A Kuba hunter, ca. holds a spear and wears his hunting regalia, including armbands and a fur headdress.

Africa | Luba diviner wearing beaded headdress, Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1988. | ©Mary Nooter Roberts.

Another Luba diviner. “Once Bilumbu diviners have been "seized” by the spirit, they chalk their laces with pemba chalk, called “the diviner’s oil,” and don accoutrements that reflect the spirit’s.

Africa | Wagenias chief in the Congo. He wears a hoop around his neck made of large animal teeth, on his head he wears a feathered headdress.  ca. 1950 - 1980 | © Paul Almasy

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Africa | Among the Akan of Ghana, gold ornaments such as these were frequently melted down and recast.  At one time the king of Asante required this to be done each year, in order to gain revenue from a tax which he imposed on the recasting | Image ©Jean Paul Barbier

Africa | Among the Akan of Ghana, gold ornaments such as these were frequently melted down and recast. At one time the king of Asante required this to be done each year, in order to gain revenue from a tax which he imposed on the recasting | Image ©Jean Paul Barbier

Africa | Luba female diviner reading contents of a gourd, Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1988. Photo by Mary Nooter Roberts.

Luba female diviner reading contents of a gourd, Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Photo by Mary Nooter Roberts

Mbudye officials displaying emblems of office, including two lukasa memory boards and staff of office, Luba peoples, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Mary Nooter Roberts.

Art & Life in Africa: Memory boards, essay covering Luba peoples.

Ehiopian Coptic Christian priest with old manuscript

Ehiopian Coptic Christian Priest , vigilant keeper of ancient traditions and priceless manuscripts.

LUBA (BALUBA) PEOPLE

Festivities to celebrate the independence of the Congo, June 1960 at Ikela…