|egungun collecting money in the leather bag|
As we crossed the village, on our way back, a masquerade was taking place. A crowd of men, armed with sticks or branches were surrounding an Egungun (Yoruba spirit) who, at the sound of the drums, was visiting each and every house to collect money offerings. It was said that those who did not want to give would be flogged as an encouragement to disburse something. That was a proper crowdfunding affair on a mandatory basis.
|the masquerade with sticks and drums|
Masquerades in villages are used to serve different purposes depending on the Spirit that is invoked. At the beginning of the year it is often to collect money for a common goal.
|a surprise at Whispering Palms resort|