The Punu reside on the left bank of the Upper Ngoume River and belong to the group of tribes known as Shira which were originally part of the Luango kingdom of Angola. With the Eshira, the Lumbo, the Vili, the Galoa, and the Vungu people, the Punu migrated northwards during the 18th century and settled in the area where they continue to inhabit to this day. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families, and social cohesion is ensured by a society known as Moukouji. Its primary role is to subjugate harmful forest spirits. During Moukouji ceremonies, small masks appear which are covered with white pigments, alluding to their anti-witchcraft functions.
Added on: Mar 30, 2001 | Hits: 1076