Possessed by the spirits of the mask, the ancestors and animals, Nyau must not be referred to as men, they publicly perform a masked dance called Gule Wamkulu, which means 'Great Dance' in Chewa, while retaining the mysticism of their secret society.
The Nyau dances themselves involve intricate footwork and flinging dust in the air, and the dancers respond to specific drumbeat or song's depending on their mask type and character - often also incorporating reverse role-playing, proverbs, mimicking and satire in performances. ___________________________
Location: Lusaka | Zambia
Photo Credit: @zachariah_schrueder