African ideology is largely manifested in cults that aim to increase the life force of the tribal community together with that of the crops, cattle and game upon which it depends. One of the chief methods of accomplishing this is through ritual dance and the main appurtenance of the dance is the mask.

When a man wears a mask in honour of a particular spirit he is no longer himself but has temporarily been transformed to become that spirit.

 
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