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Africa | "Masque cérémonial" N'zo, Guinea. post stamped 1967 || Postcard; publisher Soufrane. No 19

Dan masks are sacred objects.Dan masks are used for protection and as a channel for communication with the spirit world. The Dan also carry small ‘passport masks’ for personal protection when they are

Danseur, Bafout, Cameroun

Winner – Best Single Image in a Cultures and Traditions portfolio: Tribal dancer, Bafut, Cameroon - Photo: Phillip Lee Harvey

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.