This mask called gelede, is part of the rituals of a male initiation society, celebrated before the rainy season. The mask represents a woman, with a positive/negative ambivalent character. On the negative side they are witches and on the positive they are mothers. The Yoruba have these masque celebrations in order to control the female strength and to honor mothers that hold the knowledge of medicinal herbs, ensure health, prestige and power. The members of the society dance placing the mask over their heads like a helmet and cover their faces with a thin veil which allows them to see without being seen. The mask is completed by a garment that hides the dancer´s body, with padded hips and buttocks to represent the feminine idea of voluminous shapes. The masquerades reveal the ancestor´s role to maintaining social balance, the importance of worshiping female power (gelede) and the duty of young ones to convey their cultural heritage.