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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.

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Yoruba Egungun mythology: When the dead bless the living

MASQUERADE festival is widely marked by adherents of traditional religion in the South West zone of the country. The worshippers believe that their ancestors who died several years ago reincarnate, pay them regular visits to bless them. So, it is a yearly festival in states like Osun, Ogun, Lagos, Ekiti, Oyo states and other parts of the country. It is marked with pomp and pageantry in other cities and towns like Ibadan, Otan-ile, Ilare, Imesi ile, Ilesha, Adubi Elere, Ijebu Ijesa,Ibokun, Ipetu-Ile,Ifo and many others.

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