African Masks - Woyo
Woyo masks are usually painted with contrasting colors against a white background and are often worn with a full length costume made from banana leaves.
The colors used in a Woyo mask have symbolic meaning and are sometimes repainted to renew its power.
Woyo masks are carved for the ritual dances of the 'ndunga', a male society responsible for maintaining social order.
The Woyo believe in witchcraft. Ordeals by fire and poison are used to determine the guilt of those who have been practicing sorcery.