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GELEDE MASK NIGERIA

The Gelede mask is spectacle of the Yoruba is a public display by colorful masks which combines art and ritual dance to amuse, educate and inspire worship.

Gelede is a festival masks performance in veneration of the society's powerful older women the iyami. Egbado Yoruba communities perform gelede annually, at which time they formally recognize the power of the iyami, and solicit their benevolence to ensure to the prosperity of the community.