Egungun

The Egungun as Yoruba cultural renaissance

The Egungun as Yoruba cultural renaissance

Egungun, a deity with a colourful dress, is one of the greatest divinities in Yoruba land. Among traditions, there are lots of stories about Egungun cult and how it sprouted among the Yoruba. It refers to all types of Yoruba masquerades or masked, costumed figures. Specifically, it refers to the Yoruba masquerades connected with ancestral reverence, or to the ancestors themselves as a collective force. The singular form for an individual ancestor is Egun or Eegun.