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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 Odo MasqueradeMask for Odo Masquerade

The Igbo wear odo (ancestral spirits) masks in their traditional masquerade, which celebrates the return of the spirits of the dead to the community. The masquerade allows people a second chance to visit with dead loved ones, who appear as masked figures of ancestral spirits. This odo mask represents either a young male odo or an animal odo.

Mask for Odo Masquerade
Igbo people
19th c.
Nigeria
Wood
(69.971)
Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Martin J. Gerson

 

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