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Religions, Volume 9, Issue 9 (September 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) African masks are a very material form of religion, fascinating in their captivating performances. [...] Read more. African masks are a very material form of religion, fascinating in their captivating performances. At the same time they are extremely puzzling for any observer why tries to glean meaning from these spectaculars. One particular mask of the Dogon in Mali, a kanaga mask, has generated wide ranging interpretations. A description of the ritual in which it operates shows how the mask troupe – with the kanaga – forms the constantly moving focus of a complex second funeral, and symbolically bridges major divides in Dogon culture: between male and female, between man and nature, and between this world and the supernatural one. Masks are able to do so because they move constantly: masks are matter in motion and symbols in context. View this paper