Masquerade dancers are a feature of religious societies in many areas. Four main types of masquerader are identified by the roles they play: those who embody deities or nature spirits and to whom sacrifice is made to assure the fertility of land and…
What are West African masquerades?
Masquerades are multimedia events that often include not one but several masked dancers embodying various spirits. For example, annual Egungun masquerades bring the ancestors back to town dressed in sumptuous cloths.
What is masquerade attire?
Traditionally, masquerade balls were elegant and formal affairs so start your costume with whatever you’d normally wear to a black tie event – i.e. a ball gown for women or a tuxedo for men.
Who attended masquerades?
The Masquerade first became popular at the Court of King Henry (father of Queen Elizabeth). The Masquerades were accompanied by music and dances at the beginning, end, and interludes. Masquerades were usually held during holidays, such as Christmas or weddings. All high class people were allowed to attend, even women.
What should men wear to a masquerade?
Outfit: Men should wear suits and ties to masquerade balls and parties. If you are going to a masquerade ball or a formal masquerade party, then you may want to wear a pocket square as well. Make sure that you choose a classic style suit, which is in a neutral shade, such as grey or black.
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