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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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The Egungun or masquerade tradition of the Yoruba has counterparts among almost all the ethnic groups within Nigeria - and is believed to be the root of the Carnival tradition in the New World. http://www.clarku.edu/~jborgatt/IP_egungun.jpg

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from DYNAMIC AFRICA

Yoruba chief

Africa | Yoruba chief (Oba), Nigeria, wearing a beaded crown | Photographer unknown. Sat on the lap of the Oba in Isanlu-Isin.

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Yoruba Ade Oba (Adenla) (King's Beaded Crown), Nigeria http://www.imodara.com/post/99254829824/nigeria-yoruba-ade-oba-kings-crown-adenla

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