Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fang mask

Gabun/südliches Kamerun

The Fang tribe are spread over a vast area along the Atlantic coastline of equatorial Africa and can be found in Cameroon equatorial Guinea and Gabon and namely along the bank of the Ogowe river.  The Fang people used masks in their secret societies. Members of this male society wore the Ngil masks during the initiation of new members and the persecution of wrongdoers. Masqueraders, clad in raffia costumes and attended by helpers, would materialize in the village after dark, illuminated by flickering torchlight. 

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