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Unformatted text preview: uba cosmology recognizes two realms: the tangible
realm of the living, and the invisible realm of the spirits
(gods, ancestors, etc.).
For the Yoruba people, a dancer’s body is where these
two realms meet and interact.
two Many Yoruba ceremonies involve spiritual possession.
Drumming and chanting of songs (oríki) specific to the
Drumming desired deity, along with dancing, help the people to
invoke the deity.
In such ceremonies, priests or priestesses in the service of
the given spirit will begin dancing. At the moment of
possession, their dancing will change to reflect the nature
and qualities of the deity.
and The Yoruba people also participate in a type of festival
The called an egungun.
During an egungun, dancers masquerade as deceased
The dancers wear elaborate, full-body masks, and it is
only through their steps and gestures that the masks “come
to life” and reveal their power.
Though the community members usually know who is
under the mask, they participate in the masquerade, and
interact with the dancer as if he/she is the spirit of their
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