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Final Farewell: The Culture of Death and the Afterlife

The Realm of Ancestors: The West African Cult of the Dead

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Mask for Dama MasqueradeMask for Dama Masquerade

After death, the Dogon permanently expel the deceased’s spirit from the realm of the living. The Dama masquerade helps transport the spirits to the supernatural world of the ancestors. This dama face mask represents a male animal bush spirit, which the Dogon associate with dryness, death, and transformation.

Mask for Dama Masquerade
Dogon people
20th c.
Mali
Wood
(72.259)
Gift of Dr. Milton Gross

 

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