Mumboism, also known as the Mumbo cult, was a new religious movement founded by Onyango Dunde in the early 20th century. The masks are worn by men at festivals that honor important deities. They represent the Igbo ideal of female beauty: small, balanced features, elaborate hairstyles, and delicate tattoos.
Culture and Traditions
Igbo originated in an area about 100 miles north of their current location at the confluence of the Niger and Benue Rivers. They share linguistic ties with their neighbors the Bini, Igala, Yoruba, and Idoma, with the split between them probably occurring between five and six thousand years ago.
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Prairie View A&M University, "IGBO Culture Of Arts in southeastern Nigeria Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo States- (45 Mumbo Cult Dance Mask)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 75.