Yoruba influenced Masks

helene ruiz

Joined October 2007

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The Yoruba people in general were very religious and believed in the gods who watched over them.  The uses of masks within the society assisted in allowing the gods to participate and reciprocate, too.  Services such as fertility rituals, funerals, rituals for increase, ancestral cults, initiations, etc. were times in which many people wore these
prized masks.  Not only were these rituals and masquerades interesting, but they also allowed their culture to live on through the usage of masks (Monti 99).
 When analyzing, researching, and reflecting upon African masks, it is easy to use your imagination because of their aesthetic qualities.  The beauty of the art of masks have lived for generations and are still being discovered and researched.  The continual usage of masks will be long lived and the stories each one has to tell will be cherished.  Mask 20ís enriching culture is just one small mask which is so deeply rooted in history.  As much as ascetics and beauty is important, so is the history, culture and life it also provides.  The history and culture of a society can live for many years, if we take the time to dig deep into its roots.  Masks are one way to accomplish this enduring task.

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