Photo Journal: The Spirits of the Deceased

Photography by Herma Darmstadt

“Egungun (Tchengo) Savalou, Benin (2016). Egungun are the spirits of the deceased. Among many African cultures they are highly respected and considered very powerful. Ancestors are honoured with altar, music and prayer. In turn they offer guidance, prosperity and protection. Sometimes they return to earth to bring wisdom and restore order.”