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Màscara kiwoyo o giwoyo

Kiwoyo or giwoyo mask

The kiwoyo or giwoyo mask was used for a variety of occasions: the initiation of young men, the planting of millet or the enthronement of a new community chief. It is defined by a rounded forehead, a pronounced nasal crest, sunken eyes, a triangular beard and incised geometric patterns. The dancer would wear it horizontally on his head, with his body covered in a fibre garment and a fly-swatter in…