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Gambia's Masquerades
Culture & Traditions   Rites of Passage   Masks   Music   Dance
   Circumcision   Funerals   Naming Ceremonies   Weddings
Kankurang    Kumpo    Mamapara    Simba

Masquerades play a very important and pivotal role in Gambian society. They include the Kankurang, of the Mandinka, the Kumpo of the Jola, the Simba of the Wolof tribe and the Mamapara. Each masquerade is associated with either circumcision, enforcing village rules, scaring away evil from the village as well as today's general entertainment.

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