Art and Death in A Yoruba Community

by Norma Wolff
Professor Emerita, Iowa State University

Announcing an egungun. Yoruba peoples, Nigeria. Photo by Norma H. Wolff.

It is increasingly common to see banners with the name of an egungun and its owner used to announce the arrival of a specific masquerader.  The banner carrier with drummers and dancers will precede the egungun with its attendants as it moves through the town.