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GELEDE ceremonies and Festival

GELEDE ceremonies and Festival  The ‘GELEDE’ Ceremony involves carefully choreographed dance, singing and music and especially drumming.   The performances are given by men, wearing masks that feature sculptured images of scenes includin…

GELEDE and Yoruba Belief

GELEDE and Yoruba Belief The Gelede Social Agenda rests on the Yoruba maximum Eso I’aye, the word is fragile.  Life is delicate and should be lived with caution with emphasis on DIPLOMACY, CONSIDERATION, RESPECT and HARMONY.

History and Origin of GELEDE

History and Origin of GELEDE  There are 256 ‘ODU IFA’ which contain a number of poems called ‘ESE IFA’.  An ‘ESE IFA’ is typically a narrative about a person or animal with a problem, and the steps or path to follow to resolve that probl…

GELEDE Spectacles

GELEDE Spectacles  The festival always begins with an ALL-NIGHT concert called ‘EFE’ which features the ‘EFE MALE MASK’. The EFE MASK uses satire to entertain and educate.  Given the concern of the ‘GELEDE SOCIETY’ which foster Peace and…

Importance of GELEDE festival

Importance of GELEDE festival  Although the ‘GELEDE CEREMONY’ may be staged at anytime of the year. The reason are the following :  To better the life of an individual To cleanse the Society of pestilence,  To induce rain,  To enrich hum…

GELEDE mask and Costume

GELEDE mask and Costume  ‘GELEDE MASKS’ are worn with a costume consisting of layers of elaborate and colorful cloth.  The ‘GELEDE MASK’ is more accurately a HEADDRESS, since it rests on top of the HEAD and the wearer’s face is covered b…
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