Dan masks are used during initiation ceremonies.
Masks are made and worn exclusively, by male dancers. Dan masks are
unique and only carved by initiated members of the male Poro society.
An initiated male dancer will wear the mask. The mask
served to protect the young initiate against destructive or evil forces
from the time of initiation, till he one day enters the spirit realm.
A spirit who wants to be given a bodily form visits the initiated males
in a dream. Following the dream, the adult male have to give life to the
spirit, in the form of a Mask. To read more