The Bandawa tribe lives on the Benue river banks in Taraba state. They speak the Shoo dialect of the Shoo-Minde-Nye language.
These statues represent Makabu who is the greatest messenger in the society of Banda.
The statues are used for sacrifice. The cup is used for putting in the blood of a sacrified male slave who has no children as the gods demand. The head (skull) symbolizes the renovating of the powers of the gods. If the knife on their hands gives a sign of blood by turning into red, it means that the sacrifice has been answered.