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African masks are used for dances and ceremonies, often worn in the ritual for a boy’s initiation into the tribe; some for exorcism of evil spirits; some to invoke rain and fertility; some to communicate with the spirit of the dead and draw off his nyama. The masker might seek to instill fear into enemies, raise his own courage, or repel evil spirits. For these purposes wild-animal masks were sometimes used.

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Burkina Faso
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Bobo-Fing Tribe 5 items
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Gurunsi (Grunsi) Tribe 2 items
Mossi Tribe 4 items

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Ivory Coast
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Dan (Yakouba) Tribe 4 items
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