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In West African cultures there are the Spirits
and there are the Living Dead. The Living Dead are those whom
we remember through their deeds and through their families.
These we still love and welcome to participate in our celebrations.
The Spirits, however, have slipped out of our memory; we no
longer know them and so we fear them.
These masks are meant to do one of two things:
to scare off Spirits who do not choose to join us or to make
smile those Spirits who want to reenter our memory and join
us in life’s celebration. To these remembered-again
Spirits we will trust our dreams and ask them to protect and
nurture our hopes for those students who venture out to new
lands across the world.
Courtesy of: Loyola College In Maryland
Office of International Programs