The inhabitants are partly Mahommedans, partly believers in fetish; comparatively few profess Christianity.
(f) The method of creating a fetish (see Fetishism) on the Congo resembles deificatory sacrifice; but here there is no actual slaughter of a human being; magical means are alone relied upon.
The essential feature of this cult is the bringing down of the celestial spirit by proper incantations and ritual into these fetish objects, the dove perched on a column sometimes indicating its descent.
A special form of this " baetylic " cult in Minoan Crete was the representation of the two principal divinities in their fetish form by double axes.
Great quantities of votive figures and objects of cult, such as the fetish double axes and stone tables of offering, were found both above and below.