Senufo horizontal masks are generally composites of carved animal parts--jaws, teeth, ears and horns. Most frequently seen are the muzzle of the crocodile, the tusks of the warthog and the long horns of the antelope or buffalo, as well as smaller representations of chameleons, birds and snakes. These combinations, often of mythic significance, are intended to impress and terrify. They are used in rituals connected with agriculture, initiations and funerals. Some masquerades involved hurling or spitting fire and the term firespitter is often used foreigners in literature.