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Nigerians celebrate culture in Egungun festival

Egungun is an African festival where spirits come to life. Egungun is an hidden fellowship of people who adopt masquerades and are supposed to morph into their ancestral spirits. This Yoruba tradition is centuries old and is the most colorful and cultural celebration in West and Central Africa, according BBC.

The king of Iwo sits on his throne at his royal palace to raise tourism. The king of Iwo told BBC, "Yoruba culture is the most beautiful in the world." This festival provides a great economic boost because tourists from Lagos and Abuja fill the hotels, buy local handmade items, and take countless photos.

Flogging with saplings and canes is common among young men to show bravery and strength. They whip each other's chests, legs, and arms, but their faces are off limits.

A masked Egungun dances in the street, threatening people with canes for a small amount of change. Children also morph into Egungun and dance in the street. They can be as young as five years old.

Although Egungun is a Yoruba festival it brings people from different religions to come and see the festival, including Christians, Muslims, and traditionalists.