TITLE: Ogoni Mami Wata Mask
GENERAL REGION: Africa
DESCRIPTION: Ogoni Mami Wata Face Mask
CEREMONY: Agriculture; Funereal
MAIN MATERIAL: wood
OTHER MATERIALS: paint
The Ogoni people have managed to maintain much of their precolonial culture, including their masquerading traditions.
Masks are used for funeral celebrations and to celebrate the harvesting of yams. The Mami Wata represented here is a water goddess important to many northwest African cultures. She is sometimes represented by a mermaid but is nearly always surrounded by snakes, as here.