The Spirit of the Masks

Italian photographer Anthony Pappone attended FESTIMA (Festival International des Masques et des Arts) in Dédougou, Burkina Faso. The week-long festival draws people from Burkina Faso and other West African countries to show off their elaborate traditional masks and costumes.

music and dances are performed throughout the day and the night, there are also clothes made ​​of leaves, fiber feather dresses, white dresses, suits and straw animal skins.
The masks belong to the tradition animist and come out at the end of the dry season to ask for rain.

See more gorgeous pictures of festival participants at Pappone's Behance post. Link -via Everlasting Blort

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