Afro World – What is the meaning of African masks ? In authentic African spirituality, priests understood the universe as consisting of Ba (the soul), Ka (Spirit / Spiritual) and Khat (or material). Man being at the center of the reflection of these aspects is the one who manipulated these forces to do good or evil. That said, through specific rituals the spirit or the energy animated the incorruptible nature under the intonation of the word which also vibrates. The invisible world takes precedence over the visible world. Therefore, when the African priest makes masks or statuettes or even sculptures, it is not to make art or to attempt to materialize these things, in reality these things represent energies or spirits that communicate with our subconscious. African masks are made to structure the Ka or the spirit of the individual. This is called mystical communication but in reality it is African crypto communication because it structures our mental archetypes. It is because today's Africans can no longer explain their own ancient science that they are today what they are. When Arab Muslims and European Christians came to Africa, they understood that masks and other African objects were the strength of the African people and these masks protected them spiritually… That's why for destroy the African people, they first destroyed most of the masks, they stole other powerful African masks then they burned our African temples to replace them with the churches and mosques that gangrenous the continent. Our sacred masks are all the power of our ancestral kingdoms, they were placed in strategic places to structure the surrounding energy to allow a social balance. This is why in ancient Africa, there were no prisons, we did specific rituals to structure the individual suffering from spiritual or psychiatric disorder and it worked… Our ancestors the Pharaohs had already rationalized this knowledge. that's why you see the Sphinx and other statues that are actually strategic points for structuring the Ka or the energy of each individual who returned to the temples. The sacred African objects were also used for funerary rites… When the African individual died for example, it was not said that he was dead, it was said that he left and the priest ancestralized the dead by making a statue to through a religious rite to represent him here in this world, the statue does not look like the dead but spiritually speaking it's him… So we tried to resurrect him and this why we have the belief of reincarnation, which is an integral part in our local traditions… So you understand here that destroying our masks or sequestering them in Europe is actually killing or denying the dead ancestors for our freedom… The fact that Africans spiritually colonized by Arab-Muslim and Christian imperialism are treating our African power of " "witchcraft" that would hurt anyone while it is a science that our ancestors used to structure our villages, shows how tragically the African has fallen into ignorance. It is necessary to return to this knowledge and it is necessary to rationalize them so that they are taught in our schools and universities rather than reading the Bible or Quran, which are not our science but purely foreign books, witchcraft books !