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Masks Tolaï - Rabaul 3 | by philippe.gigliotti

On the Island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea, the Tolaï people celebrate regularly a mask cult, who incarn powerful spirits.

Ceremonial masks in New Guinea, worn by boys in the Gulf Division when being initiated into manhood. S)

pin - kind: ceremonial mask worn by a boy on the threshold of manhood, new guinea

Pattern inspiration (for a backsplash, for instance): baskets from Papua New Guinea 2

Pattern inspiration (for a backsplash, for instance): baskets from Papua New Guinea 2

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.

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

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

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pattern - African Sun Mask from the Bobo Tribe

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.

Two Papua New Guinea Sepik basketry birds

Two Papua New Guinea Sepik basketry birds

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.

Cucurrumachos de Navalosa, Avila  Spain  !!!                                                                                                                                                      Más

Cucurrumachos de Navalosa, Avila Spain !!! Más

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“ Female mask from Ifogu masquerade of Nkporo tribe, Ada group [Igbo] ” — G.

Bamileke masked dancers, Western Cameroon. From Parures Africaines; text by Denise Paulme and Jacques Brosse, photographs by M. Huet [et. al], 1956

From Parures Africaines; text by Denise Paulme and Jacques Brosse, photographs by M. Huet [et. al], 1956

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.

Caves full of human skulls (Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea)

Caves full of human skulls (Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea)

Papua, New Guinea - One of the most isolated places in the world --- also one of the most peaceful :)

Papua New Guinea

Huli tribesman Papua New Guinea

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