Art and Death in A Yoruba Community

by Norma Wolff
Professor Emerita, Iowa State University

Egungun Erin Sodeyinde. Yoruba peoples, Abeokuta, Nigeria. Photo by Norma H. Wolff. 

Egungun erin Sodeyinde is greatly admired in Itoko for both the mask and the costume.  The owner, Sodeyinde, is said to spend a great deal of money in making his masquerader the best of all the egungun erin who appear at the annual festival.  Like the other erin owners he had commissioned Ayoola of Adugbologe Compound to carve the crest mask.