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Photography by PHYLLIS GALEMBO. Phyllis Galembo combines art and anthropology in her celebration of masquerading rituals in Africa

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West African Masquerade - Photographs by Phyllis Galembo

Phyllis Galembo

Africa | Masque Mboli(Gouro).Village de Brodoufla. Cote d’Ivoire

Africa | Just one of the many lovely images from the publication Parures africaines ( published in 1956. {Although no details provided by Flickr user, Old Chum, given the masks, I would think that this photo was taken in Burkina Faso}

People gather from 40 villages to participate in Festima (Festival des Masques de Dédougou), a festival of masks held every two years in Dédougou, Burkina Faso.

Bwa ceremonial dance, Burkina Faso. Photo by Dieter Temps