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As the dance of the Egungun Paka mask becomes more ecstatic, the vibrant fabric panels of its costume begin to fly around, turning the mask into a blur of color. The Yoruba believe that the touch of this ancestor mask can spell death; they also say that anyone who dares come close enough to experience the breeze stirred up by the whirling dance of an Egungun mask will be blessed with good fortune.

Details

  • Title: Whirling Paka Mask
  • Creator: Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
  • Date: 1993
  • Location: Benin
  • Copyright: copyright Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

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