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Dedougou Burkina Faso - The 20th biennial FESTIMA the largest International Art and Mask Festival in West Africa took place in the town of Dedougou 250km west of the capital Ouagadougou. Hundreds of traditional masks from six countries - Benin Côte d'Ivoire Mali Togo Senegal and 50 villages of Burkina Faso came to life during the festival.  Masks have been an important part of traditional animist beliefs in many African cultures for thousand of years. Made of leaves straw wood and textile…

The frantic music and dancing transform the mask wearer into a spirit which communicates with ancestors.

In Burkina Faso: FESTIMA, a festival of African masks - Al Jazeera English

Burkina Faso - The biennial FESTIMA, the largest International Art and Mask Festival in West Africa took place in the town of Dedougou, west of the capital Ouagadougou.

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In Burkina Faso: FESTIMA, a festival of African masks - Al Jazeera English

The frantic music and dancing transform the mask wearer into a spirit which communicates with ancestors.

In Burkina Faso: FESTIMA, a festival of African masks

The frantic music and dancing transform the mask wearer into a spirit which communicates with ancestors.

The frantic music and dancing transform the mask wearer into a spirit which communicates with ancestors.

The frantic music and dancing transform the mask wearer into a spirit which communicates with ancestors.

Senufo Wambele Funeral Masks. Ivory Coast. | ©Carol Beckwith & Angela…

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Janus mask from the Markha people of Mali. Wood, metal, beads, cowrie shells and fiber, ca.

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