Since the NOMOLI and KISSI stones have only ever been found buried in the ground, it does indicate their use in some type of burial ceremony and when a person discovers a KISSI stone, he will use it to make contact with his ancestors and may in time be buried with it.
The NOMOLI figures were carved from soapstone by the SHERBRO or BULOM tribes as early as the 15th century and have been found by the MENDE while cultivating their rice fields. The NOMOLI are representative of ancestors long past and are now believed to increase the fertility of the crops. The statues are alternatively praised or castigated according to the standard of the crop. The head is of a realistic Negroid design with large protruding eyes, broad lips and broad nose with inflated nostrils.