I have always been fascinated by any type of ceremonial costume.  The idea that something or someone can be celebrated by wearing a lively costume and partaking in a ritual is meaningful and supports tradition, which is important to a lot of communities throughout the world.  The Yoruba people of Nigeria have some of the most beautiful and fascinating masked costumes that are a work of art.  The textures, fabrics, and colors are invigorating and powerful. I wish I owned one, or better yet was able to witness a Yoruba masquerade.  Read more about it here.

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Please forgive me for not remembering where these photos came from.