Sala Mpasu Warrior, D. R. Congo

Carol Beckwith

African Ceremonies

African Ceremonies

Sala Mpasu warriors are one of the most feared groups in all of D.R.Congo. To this day no one will live within a 30 miles radius of their villages, so powerful is their reputation of the past. To create this fearsome appearance they cover their bodies with a menacing mixture of charcoal and oil and construct tall dramatic raffia fibre headdresses topped with feathers. Every warrior prides himself in his individually designed headdress and carries a knife, either in his hand or between his teeth, to intimidate his enemies.

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  • Title: Sala Mpasu Warrior, D. R. Congo
  • Creator: Angela Fisher & Carol Beckwith
  • Location Created: D. R. Congo