The Suruku hyena mask is generally more anthropomorphic than realistic. It is characterized by a domed forehead and long snout with a rectangular or square mouth. These masks are considered to be charged with energy and during their consecration are ritually washed before receiving sacrifices. The hyena most likely represent the initiate's efforts to obtain and perfect their secret knowledge. The suruku mask is danced within the Koré society initiation rituals.
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