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Benin voodoo festival - in pictures

Africa | The Egungun wear flamboyant sequin-spangled capes adorned with animal and human motifs. Their faces were veiled by cowry shell screens and it is said to be bad luck if you see their eyes. Eyewitness: Voodoo style, Ouidah, Benin. | © Dan Kitwood

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Yoruba chief

Uno puede arrepentirse de sus acciones anteriores, pero tiene que soportar las consecuencias.

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Africa | Ceremonial tunic from the Yoruba people from Nigeria | 20th century | Textile and glass beads

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Yoruba Ade Oba (Adenla) (King's Beaded Crown), Nigeria

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Africa | Hat ~ orikogbofo ~ from the Yoruba people of Nigeria | Cotton, raffia, glass beads | 20th century

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Africa | Royal headdress. Yoruba people. 20th century. Fiber and glass beads | Beaded items have long been associated with royalty among the Yoruba. Cone-like crowns like this one are primary symbols of a king's authority. When wearing it, a king becomes connected to royal ancestors, thereby strengthening his authority. Since it is prohibited for people to gaze directly at the king's head, a veil is included to conceal him.

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