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Dogon Mask Dance, Funeral Ceremony, Mali, shot by Lutz Gregor and Thomas Kutschker - LOXOCO FACADE - SEE the video too!

Dogon Mask Dance, Funeral Ceremony, Mali, shot by Lutz Gregor and Thomas Kutschker - LOXOCO FACADE - SEE the video too!

Ekpo masquerade, Ututu, Abia State, Nigeria. Photo by Eli Bentor, 2005.

Ekpo masquerade, Ututu, Abia State, Nigeria. Photo by Eli Bentor, 2005.

Dogon masked dancers - dogon masks are worn during traditional funeral rites. The Dogon are an ethnic group best known for their religious traditions, their mask dances, wooden sculpture and their architecture. They live in the central plateau region of Mali, south of the Niger bend in the Mopti region. They number just under 800,000.

Dogon masked dancers - dogon masks are worn during traditional funeral rites. The Dogon are an ethnic group best known for their religious traditions, their mask dances, wooden sculpture and their architecture. They live in the central plateau region of Mali, south of the Niger bend in the Mopti region. They number just under 800,000.

Africa | Kanaga masked dance during a Dama (funeral).  Dogon Country, Mali |  ©Michel Renaudeau

Africa | Kanaga masked dance during a Dama (funeral). Dogon Country, Mali | ©Michel Renaudeau

Dogon Sirige Mask ~ Mali, Africa    Google Search

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Culto aos EGUNS no Benin - Salve nossa matriz, a África!

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dogon dancers mali africa - Africa is a habit breaker. It teaches that the ideal of unalterable tradition is an illusion, that change itself is a tradition, maybe the great modern one. It teaches that now is as authentic as then, and already is then. If, on an African visit, such thoughts kick in at all, chances are they’ll grow larger and realer. As you gradually — confusedly, delightedly — come to realize, the basic experience of being here is learning how much you don’t know.

dogon dancers mali africa - Africa is a habit breaker. It teaches that the ideal of unalterable tradition is an illusion, that change itself is a tradition, maybe the great modern one. It teaches that now is as authentic as then, and already is then. If, on an African visit, such thoughts kick in at all, chances are they’ll grow larger and realer. As you gradually — confusedly, delightedly — come to realize, the basic experience of being here is learning how much you don’t know.

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A Dogon man imitates a white tourist in a masked dance. The Dogon dancer (from Mali, West Africa) carved his 'white man' mask and camera from solid wood, painting both and stringing his wooden camera with rope. Photo by Rosemary Sheel, 2000

A Dogon man imitates a white tourist in a masked dance. The Dogon dancer (from Mali, West Africa) carved his 'white man' mask and camera from solid wood, painting both and stringing his wooden camera with rope. Photo by Rosemary Sheel, 2000

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