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Papua New Guinea | Masked dancers in front of the men’s longhouse at Tovei village. Urama Island, Gulf Province.  June 1921. | ©Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

atomic-flash: “ Masked dancers in front of the men’s longhouse at Tovei village, Urama Island, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea. June Photographer: Frank Hurley (via the Australian Museum) Hurley’s photos and film of the dancers are the only.

Africa | Agaba/ Mgbedike masquerade. Wearing mask and masquerade costume covered with fluffy or furry material, appliqued panels at front. Mask has long horns and sharp teeth. Small group of adult men accompanying masquerade. Man at right playing a small gong.| Photo by B. Fagg, 1946, North Nigeria

Wearing mask and masquerade costume covered with fluffy or furry material, appliqued panels at front. Mask has long horns and sharp teeth. Small group of adult men accompanying masquerade. Man at right playing a small gong.

When I was discovered to be a human in a primate mask, they took me off of flipping switches.  It was embarrassing to say the least.  I identify as transprimate.

When I was discovered to be a human in a primate mask, they took me off of flipping switches. It was embarrassing to say the least. I identify as transprimate.

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Fang mask - a strikingly beautiful, simple Fang mask from Equatorial Guinea. It was once in the collection of Adriana and Robert Mnuchin of New York and the Pace Primitive and Ancient Art Gallery in New York. It is 15 inches hig

Africa | Limbondo ~ "Chokwe", Zambia. | ©Francois d’Elbee  || Commenting about his study on the Chokwe masks :  “..in the context of ritual initiation, ancestral spirits may assume the form of masks to assist in transmitting knowledge of history down through the generations.  These ancestral spirits are known as Makishi and maybe seen as the masked dancers.  They “rise up from the grave” and are central to any study characterizing the ritual art, history and ancient language of the Chokwe…”

©Francois d’Elbee Commenting about his study on the Chokwe masks : “.in the context of ritual initiation, ancestral spirits may assume the form of masks to assist in transmitting knowledge of history down thro

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