Innocent Fungurani

Your Mask

For centuries in Africa people practiced rituals masquerades. I'm fascinated by shamanistic healing rituals and masks . The shaman wears a particular kind of mask designed to scare away sickness. They dance and chant as they carry out the healing procedure. Today these rituals are rare symbolic ceremonies. Masks are not only associated with healing but also with the home. With the advent of modern medicine, healing masks have become art, not science, often found hanging on the walls of homes. Because of their familiarity, accociation with healing and the home, masks are an ideal communication tool.
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