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The Yoruba ?Guelede? masks all have a message or tell a story and were used in ceremonies to communicate with the ancestors. You can see them in the ethnographic museum in Porto Nuovo, but you cannot take pictures. There are many examples of masks and the exhibits are well laid out with descriptions (in French). There are different masks for day and for night and they also illustrate the importance of Birth, Life and Death. Examples of the messages the masks were used to convey would be to warn against mockery, to guard against hypocrisy or to emphasise the importance of courage and unity.

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  • Written Apr 20, 2008
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