Because of its pronounced volumes and brass nails, which may refer to scarifications, this mask is generally considered as embodying the powerful spiritual forces associated with the forest. Some researchers suggest that the bulge connecting the temples is inspired by the horns of certain masks made by the Wee, a people who neighbour the Bete. This mask was worn during ceremonies to combat negative forces. However, it is very difficult to identify the exact function of masks made by the Bete or the Wee when they are divorced from their performance contexts. In fact, their function and status changes in accordance with costume, choreography and musical accompaniment, as well as their history, since some masks are passed down from generation to generation.