An image of a group of men at Nigeria's Egungun Festival, with sticks circling another man who is wearing colorful regalia and dressed up as an ancestor.

The Egungun festival is a centuries-old festival that honors Yoruba ancestors and is celebrated mostly in the South-West region of Nigeria.

Photos courtesy Bruce IV.

Photo Series: Inside Nigeria’s Egungun Festival​

Rooted in the Yoruba word for masquerade, the centuries-old festival honors ancestors, with a striking display of costumes and masks.