National Geographic : 1972 Jan
In death-and after his body had lain on a leaf-covered bier for 12 months-Tabwibalembank walks again. Preceding this final ceremony, Metak and others detached the skull and shaped a clay mask (left) over it to resemble the deceased. Now the mask rides an effigy (right) of the body to the ceremonial ground for the last rites. Designs on the effigy reveal the dead tribesman's rank in the Nimangi. Before the figure is carried to the ceremonial ground, there must be ten nights of dancing. At times the men dance on wooden planks, mak ing a sound like muffled drums.