African Cultural Mask

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Nnadozie Okarazu

Significance of masks

African masks are often thought to represent a “spirit” and it is strongly believed that the spirit of the ancestors possesses whoever wears it.
Not only are they thought to be of spiritual significance, but also a symbolic reference; these ideas are conveyed through ceremonies such as weddings and funerals.
Although not as deeply rooted in the culture of tribal masks, Ms. Pond’s class was given the opportunity to create their own tribal masks inspired by original creations. Using techniques such as scoring, depth, and exaggeration. The students were able to create the basic structures of the masks with a touch of their own creativity.
Source: http://www.rebirth.co.za/african_mask_history_and_meaning.htm