EGUNGUN [eh-goon-goon] represents the spirit of our Ancestors in heaven (Ara Orun). When anyone dies he/she becomes Egungun. We make offerings to Egungun to pay homage and request for them to continuously support us from Orun (heaven). It is important for us to acknowledge our Ancestors. If not for them, we would not be here. It is their blood that runs through our veins. They are our foundation and having their support is necessary and needed as we navigate our journey here on earth. Some of the consecrated icons representing Egungun are opa iku, isan Egun, and eku Egun.
When we want to celebrate Egungun we bring out masquerades to parade and dance to the beat of the drums. Enjoy this video clip from an Egungun festival in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. These masquerades were brought out in honor and celebration of my husband’s Egungun. Gbogbo moriwo riwo!