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Culture of Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has led the way in the renaissance of African art and culture. Each ethnic group has its own artistic style but the art of the Mossi, Bobo and Lobi are most famous. The Mossi are known for their antelope masks that are impressively tall, over 2m (7ft) high and painted in red and white. These masks are usually worn at funerals and while guarding certain fruits. The Bobo make large butterfly masks painted in strips of red white and black that is used to invoke the gods during the fertility ceremony. The Bobo actually have entire zoos-worth of animal masks but butterfly masks are the only ones worn horizontally. Lobi art especially the woodcarvings, which are said to protect the family, are highly valued.

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