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ukpuru: Masquerade from the Nri-Awka Igbo region. Photo by Edward Harland Duckworth, late 1940s.

Ụ́kpụ́rụ́ ukpuru: Masquerade from the Nri-Awka Igbo region. Photo by Edward Harland Duckworth, late

An attendant leading a group of young Igbo male initiates participating in the masquerade performed by Isiji (junior age-grade members), dancing in a single file in a circle. The Isiji are wearing wearing tall conical headdresses, palm...

“ An attendant leading a group of young Igbo male initiates participating in the masquerade performed by Isiji (junior age-grade members), dancing in a single file in a circle. The Isiji are wearing wearing tall conical headdresses, palm frond.

Africa | Masquerader. Region of Houndé, Burkina Faso | ©Sergio Pessolano

masquerader, Region of Houndé, Burkina Faso, Africa photo: © Sergio Pessolano

Good discussion on voodoo religion among Egungun in Benin.

An Egungun during the Voodoo ceremony in Benin. Voodoo is an official religion…

Africa | Mask Ensemble of the Kuosi Society Member. Bamileke people, Cameroon | ca. 19th - 20th century | Fabric, monkey fur, glass beads, feathers, reeds, string, horsetail, ivory

Elaborate Mask Ensemble of the Kuosi Society, Bamileke people, Cameroon

Africa | Burkina Faso, 2006 | ©Phyllis Galembo

Photographic exhibitions and special projects by Phyllis Galembo, including Egungun and Gelede masquerade, Benin.

Elephant mask from the Bali region Grassfields, Cameroon, ca. prior to 1930s. Wood, textile and glass beads

virtual-artifacts: “ Elephant mask from the Bali region Grassfields, Cameroon, ca. prior to Wood, textile and glass beads ”

The Egungun or masquerade tradition of the Yoruba has counterparts among almost all the ethnic groups within Nigeria - and is believed to be the root of the Carnival tradition in the New World. http://www.clarku.edu/~jborgatt/IP_egungun.jpg

The Egungun or masquerade tradition of the Yoruba has counterparts among almost all the ethnic groups within Nigeria - and is believed to be the root of the Carnival tradition in the West.

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