It is a dance from Makonde community and is undoubtedly the best known dance and more widespread in Cabo Delgado, and their diffusion can go beyond national boundaries.
Mapiko, is a major traditional dances of Makonde, is practiced in the rites of initiation and compliance function dismal in case of death of the member of group or community. Is practice also in some ceremonies of investiture of chiefs.
The central element of Mapiko is Lipiko, the principal dancer and must necessarily be wrapped in swaddling clothes and masked. The mask, either can represent animal figures (rabbit, lion, dog, leopard, hyena), or human figure, which symbolizes the spirit of a deceased person to be invoked.