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Africa | Zangbeto is a traditional voodoo guardian of the night, originally created to scare the enemy away, now he will wander around the street to detect thieves and witches, and dispensing justice. We encountered him on the side of the road during our drive across the country. Legend tells that there are no humans under the costume, only spirits of the night. The zangbeto is revered by all, and has magical powers to scare witches. | ©Gret Howard

Africa | Zangbeto is a traditional voodoo guardian of the night, originally created to scare the enemy away, now he will wander around the street to detect thieves and witches, and dispensing justice. We encountered him on the side of the road during our drive across the country. Legend tells that there are no humans under the costume, only spirits of the night. The zangbeto is revered by all, and has magical powers to scare witches. | ©Gret Howard

Burkina Faso Bwa people: Bonde family, village of Boni, hawk mask, Photo by Christopher D.

Africa | Bwa ceremonial dance in Burkina Faso near Ouagadougou. | ©Dietmar Temps

Burkina Faso Bwa people ceremonial dance near Ouagadougou.

Bamileke beaded Elephant mask, Cameroon

Africa Elephant Mask from the Bamiléké people of Cameroon Postcard; publisher Hoa-Qui n° 3720

Totoa ~ "Chokwe" mask, Zambia                              …

photograph from series by Francois d'Elbee -- Totoa -- "Chokwe" mask, Zambia

Africa | "Wan-Zega Mask" from the Eastern (Boulsa) Mossi people of Burkina Faso || One of the more common masks; worn by adult men, together with a loose fitting red fiber costumes.

Burkina Faso eastern (Boulsa) Mossi people Wan-Zega mask, one of the more common masks, worn by adult men together with a loose-fitting red fibre costume.

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