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Africa | Otil Mask in Okwanko masquerade.  Cross River Igbo Ohaffia people.  Akanu Ohafia, Nigeria | Dr. G.I. Jones, 1931

"He had seen in Africa where people worshiped many things that “God” was not a monolith, and not the property of Moses, as we’d been led to think, and not separate from us, or absent from whatever world one inhabited. "-Alice Walker(Temple of my familiar)

Africa | Pwoom Itok mask dancer. Muentshi, Democratic Republic of Congo. 1972 | One encounters this type of mask among various Kuba group, including the Bushoong and the Ngeende. It appears during the young men's initiation and also performs as a dance mask. | ©Eliot Elisofon

Africa | Pwoom Itok mask dancer. Muentshi, Democratic Republic of Congo. 1972 | One encounters this type of mask among various Kuba group, including the Bushoong and the Ngeende. It appears during the young men's initiation and also performs as a dance mask. | ©Eliot Elisofon

Salampasu Masqueraders, Belgian Congo, first half of 20th Cen, Photographer unknown.

Salampasu Masqueraders, Belgian Congo, first half of 20th Cen, Photographer unknown.

North Nigeria, head and shoulders portrait of Ibo adult male wearing masquerade costume. Close-up of mask, elaborate head-dress and patterned shirt. Medium: Gelatin silver print.

North Nigeria, head and shoulders portrait of Ibo adult male wearing masquerade costume. Close-up of mask, elaborate head-dress and patterned shirt. © The Trustees of the British Museum

senufo wambele.*

senufo wambele.*

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