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Thread #161296   Message #3834806
Posted By: Senoufou
25-Jan-17 - 02:17 PM
Thread Name: blacked up morris dancers abused in uk
Subject: RE: blacked up morris dancers abused in uk
Ah! The Jumbee or Gumbee tradition in the Caribbean is basically Nigerian in origin. But these type of presentations are found in many W African countries. The Baule (one of the Ivory Coast peoples) have a tall character on stilts with a white face mask, representing an evil being.
It's very interesting to me to trace the cultures of the slave ancestors of the present-day Caribbean islands. And it's touching that those poor souls tried to keep alive their culture and language in spite of all they'd suffered.
I can't see the difference between face-painting and face-masks to be honest. It's obviously merely an attempt at role-changing and disguise, which is as old as humankind itself. I don't think racial parody is involved, just 'theatre' and a bit of mystery.

This thread is developing into such an interesting exploration isn't it? Mudcat at its best!