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A royal guard of the Nyimi (King) of the Kuba people at his residence in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Belgian Congo). The plume or feathers that one wears shows he has killed in the service of his King. They are also the royal executioners as well as bodyguards. 2008 | ©Greg Marinovic

The royal gurdas or Iyol of the Nyimi des BaKuba at his residence in Kinshasa, DRC. The plume or feathers that one weras shows he has killed in the service of his King. The Iyol are also the royal executioners as well as bodyguards.