Tribal mask history

I never knew that such simple things like the tribal masks you see here would have such an interesting history.  It appears that masks in Africa are used in many different ways. Some are used to connect with certain spirits and others are used to show social status in a society. For example some kinds of masks are reserved only for chieftains or other dignitaries. Even in the spirit world, there is still a hierarchy. Masks that are of a simpler design represent lesser spirits and masks that are more complicated and more decorated represent higher and stronger spirits. I would never have thought that there is a pecking order in the spirit world…

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