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Eyo masquerade festival. ©UNESCO 2011
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Eyo masquerade festival

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Straw hat
Adamu Orisha

The Eyo masquerade festival of Lagos is celebrated in honour of the deity Adamu Orisha and marks the passage of souls to the spirit world. Eyo costumed dancers parade through the city, attired in flowing white gowns and veils and carrying a staff. They all wear large coloured straw hats that indicate the family compound to which they belong. Handed down within Eyo groups, the festival brings the community together, integrates all strata of society and pays obeisance to the ruling Oba (king) of Lagos.

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Place/Country: Nigeria
Series: 2009 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Production: Lagos State Council For Arts and Culture, producer.
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