4 Different types of masks 1 ceremonial/religious masks 2 theatrical masks 3 burial masks 4 festive masks
Dan Mask Dan masks are sacred objects. Dan masks are used for protection and as a channel for communication with the spirit world. The Dan also carry small 'passport masks' for personal protection when they are living away from home. The Dan believe that their world is split into two domains: the human domain which is represented by the village and its people, and the spiritual domain which is represented by the forest and its spirits. When a dancer wears a Dan mask he becomes the spirit of that mask.
Punu Mask Punu masks represent the idealised beauty of Punu women. The elaborate Punu hairstyles suggest that the wearer is wealthy as her hair has not been flattened by the need to carry goods. Sometimes Punu masks are painted white with kaolin clay to represent the spirits of dead ancestors during funerals.
Baule Mask It is used in dances during harvest festivals, in processions to honour distinguished visitors and at the funerals of important figures. The Baule are farmers.