Burkina Faso’s Festival of Masks is beautiful, mysterious and intriguing (15 pictures)

Photographer Anthony Pappone recently documented FESTIMA (Festival International des Masques et des Arts de Dédougou), a festival of masks that takes place every other year in the city of Dédougou in Burkina Faso.

Pappone explains that the masks originate from a number of West African countries in addition to Burkina Faso. Dances are performed day and night and it is said the person wearing the mask embodies the spirit of the mask they wear. Some represent animals while others are used to ask for rain.

via twistedsifter.

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