noun | ˌmɑːskəˈreɪd,ˌmaskəˈreɪd/ |

Elaborately garbed persons (or spirits) representing the ancestors or spirits of the dead/ or messengers of Heaven. Their functions vary in cultures. In the Yoruba culture,  it is said that in the olden days, when the hunters wanted to have a successful hunt, they would make sacrifices to a Masquerade’s cloth, a special cloth used to “appease” non-physical spirits from the realms of time and space, to assist the hunters. In Yoruba culture of the olden days, the Masquerades are known for their beautiful garments, but no human form would actually be beneath the cloth. Nowadays, a human is only beneath the cloth if he has been initiated into the Masquerade society.

Related: Egungun

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