Medium Bobo Owl Mask. Bobo Tribe, 26.5" tall x 27.5" wide. The Bobo tribe believes that every act that takes something from nature has a negative impact. Before planting and harvesting their crops the Bobo tribe holds rituals to ask permission from the nature spirits and their creator god, Wuro. They believe Wuro is responsible for nature’s equilibrium and bringing everything into harmony. Wuro cannot be described or represented by sculpture.
Masks are used to bring bush spirits to chase evil from their community and to purify the land for successful planting and harvest. These masks are made from fiber, cloth, leaf, and wood and have geometric designs. They are usually worn with costumes made from leaf and fiber. The purification rituals last for three days and are usually before the planting season and after the harvest. The masks are also used at men’s initiations and funerals. During funeral rituals the wearers of the Bobo masks comfort the spirits of the dead and partake in a series of rituals that lead them to the after world. Funeral ritual dances are full of energy and use drums and bells designed to wake the dead and instruct them to leave.
Country: Burkina Faso