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Ngady Mwaash Mask: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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2006-05-18

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Bushoong believe that in order to achieve balance in life, it is important to connect with their ancestors. The spirit world acts as an intermediary to the ancestors by communicating important guidance to the living. Like many cultures, death is a natural event in the life cycle, and is seen as a transition rather than an end. For the Bushoong, funerals are extremely important ceremonies because although it is a time for mourning, it is also a time for celebrating the person's transition into the afterlife. Typically, the Bushoong perform a masquerade that honors tradition and heritage during funeral ceremonies. It is through their performance that the masked dancers reenact their origin story. The Ngady Mwaash mask shown here, personifies the wife of the ancestral king Woot who is represented by the mask Mwaash Mbooy. The two of them share their history with the observers as they tell the story of how they came to lead their people.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009