The Fang were Christianised before World War II.
Despite that a belief in witchcraft and black magic remains firm among Fang. Unfortunately secret society as Ngil disappeared together with old customs and dances.
The Ngil masks were worn by members of a male society during the initiation of young boys. The mask was a part of raffia costume covered whole body. The Ngil masquerade took place in village after sunset. The masks were mostly painted white to be visible by all spectators.
Today the Ngils are very desired by collectors and original pieces are expensive.
You can admire the beauty and charm of African mastepieces watching the collection of Marcello Lattari.