The Mask—A West African Ceremonial Object
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The African Cult of Death
Funeral rites or death cult practices, especially those dedicated to the survival of the soul, are among the most widespread rituals in the world. These cults are related to a wide variety of extremely important occurrences, such as the fertility of the earth, its animals and human beings, and the cult of ancestral spirits. These cults believe that those who die and are buried fertilize the earth with their souls. Therefore, the soil belongs to them, the ancestors.