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Africa | Limbondo ~ "Chokwe", Zambia. | ©Francois d’Elbee  || Commenting about his study on the Chokwe masks :  “..in the context of ritual initiation, ancestral spirits may assume the form of masks to assist in transmitting knowledge of history down through the generations.  These ancestral spirits are known as Makishi and maybe seen as the masked dancers.  They “rise up from the grave” and are central to any study characterizing the ritual art, history and ancient language of the Chokwe…”

©Francois d’Elbee Commenting about his study on the Chokwe masks : “.in the context of ritual initiation, ancestral spirits may assume the form of masks to assist in transmitting knowledge of history down thro

Krampus wearing a great many large cow bells around his waist. bizarre surreal costume for christmas party , maybe not just looking at this could put some one with a bee allergy into anaphelactic shock .

atomic-flash: “ Masked dancers in front of the men’s longhouse at Tovei village, Urama Island, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea. June Photographer: Frank Hurley (via the Australian Museum) Hurley’s photos and film of the dancers are the only.

Sardinia

Mamuthones (Nuoro, Italian Sardinia) in traditional carnival costume used for pre-Christian rites to ancient gods of agriculture. The mask is carved in pieces of wild pear wood & darkened alder walnut.