Africa | Senufo Wambele Funeral Masks.  Ivory Coast. | ©Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher. 1994, Publication "African Ceremonies"

Africa, Senufo Wambele Funeral Mask in Ivory Coast by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

Senufo Wambele Funeral Masks. Ivory Coast. | ©Carol Beckwith & Angela…

Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher are world-renowned photographers who have produced fourteen widely acclaimed books and made four films about traditional Africa

Yoruba Egungun Costume 13.Egungun, or "powers concealed," refers both to the nature of the masked dance and to the spiritual power of the ancestors it honors. Over time an egungun mask is built up with layer upon layer of local and imported cloth. Its many panels celebrate the wealth and status of all family members, living or dead. During a performance individual cloth strips fan out in every direction but the dancer's body is never revealed. (per Smithsonian National Museum of African Art)

Ẹ̀kù Egúngún - Yorùbá Masquerade Costume Egúngún are believed to be people from the dead who came to pay visit to the earth.

Africa | Masqueraders from the Bamum people of the Grassfields of Cameroon | prior to 1914

Africa Masqueraders from the Bamum people of the Grassfields of Cameroon prior to 1914

Africa | Minganji masquerader, near Gungu, DR Congo. 1951 | ©Eliot Elisofon.

Pende Minganji masked dancers, Guardians of initiation camp, D.Congo, near Gungu. Photographed by Eliot Elisofon in 1951

+ 100 Extrañas fotos antiguas [Megapost] Nº10.

+ 100 Extrañas fotos antiguas [Megapost] Nº10.

Makishi dancer representing an ancestral spirit who assists at initiation rites of the peoples in northwestern Zambia

Masks are supposed to come from another world. In Burkina Faso they represent protective spirits that can take animal forms or can appear as strange beings. These spirits watch over a family, clan or community, and, if the rules for their propitiation are followed correctly, provide for the fertility, health, and prosperity.

Id come across people very different to me- Burkina Faso mask - © Jean-Claude Moschetti

Africa, West Africa, Mali, Dogon Country, Bandiagara escarpment, Masked Ceremonial Dogon Dancers near Sangha by GHProductions | Stocksy United

The Dogon Lesiga mask is quite similar to the larger "Sirige" mask but danced differently, and with different meaning.

Africa | Masked dancers, standing next to Nji Wamben, a servant of the King. Cameroon. ca. 1910 - 1930 | ©Anna Wuhrmann

©Anna Wuhrmann: Masked dancers, standing next to Nji Wamben, a servant of the King.

Africa | Gelede Masqueraders. Yoruba people, Nigeria. | © The Dance, Art and Ritual of Africa. Michel Huet, Jean Laude, Jean-Louis Paudrat. Published in 1978, Pantheon Bookshttp://biblioafrogriot.blogspot.ch/2010/11/huet-michel-laude-jean-paudrat-jean.html

Autor: Huet Michel - Laude Jean - Paudrat Jean-louis Título: The Dance, Art, and Ritual of Africa Editora: Pantheon Books Ano: 1978 .

Interesting mask

Could I do this with stash yarn? People gather from 40 villages to participate in Festima (Festival des Masques de Dédougou), a festival of masks held every two years in Dédougou, Burkina Faso.

fiber Masks voodoo of nigeria in the Festival des Masques de Dédougou in the night, Burkina Faso by anthony pappone photography http://flic.kr/p/bPm4KX

fiber Masks voodoo of nigeria in the Festival des Masques de Dédougou in the night, Burkina Faso

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