The “Babende” are the members of a secret society among the Bangongo, a tribe of the Buschongo or Songora on the lower Congo.
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Arabian Girl hairdress from Kisangani Congo c. 1910s.
Skull deformation. Wife of a Mangbetu Chief, Belgian Congo 1925.