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Chokwe

 

 

“…in the context of ritual initiation, ancestral spirits may assume the form of masks to assist in transmitting knowledge of history down through the generations. These ancestral spirits are known as Makishi and may be seen as the masked dancers. They “rise up from the grave” and are central to any study characterizing the ritual art, history and ancient language of the Chokwe…”
(from the Chokwe Art and History” by Marcus Matthe).

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