Carved in Gabon by the Fang people, this mask was traditionally used by Ngil society to ensure adherence to laws and social order by the community. H: 24"

Gabon Fang people mask traditionally used by Ngil society to ensure adherence to laws and social order by the community.

maiko

Marie had her misedashi, her debut as a maiko, in which she went to okiya (geisha houses), ochaya (tea houses), and local stores to thank everyone for their support.

Sumo referee Shonosuke Kimura leads dew-sweeper (forerunner) Kyokutenho (C) and sumo grand champion Hakuho of Mongolia before Hakuho performs his ring entry forms to dedicate to the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. (AP)

Sumo referee Shonosuke Kimura leads dew-sweeper (forerunner) Kyokutenho (C) and sumo grand champion Hakuho of Mongolia before Hakuho performs his ring entry forms to dedicate to the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.

Brazilian bahian

Brazil, Bahia state, Salvador, Bahian woman ("Baiana do Brasil") wearing traditional clothes

Pataxo Indian, Kari-Oca, Jacarepagua, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

**Pataxo Indian, Kari-Oca, Jacarepagua, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - faces of the people

Brazil | Little Kayapo girl | Photographed in Rio, 20 June 2012 ~ photographer unknown

Kayapo Girl, Brazil - her smile and energy in this photo reminds me of my grand daughter

Africa | Yoruba Beaded Crown.  Nigeria | Traditionally, Yoruba crowns were worn by the king, or Oba, in public ceremonies.

Nigeria, African Yoruba Beaded Crowns were worn by the king, or Oba, in public ceremonies. Embellished with symbolic designs. Beads were signs of wealth and status.

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