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Re: Jollay (Djole) devil

Posted: Tue May 24, 2011 12:07 pm
by bubudi
during in the international roots festival in banjul, gambia, there is quite a melting pot of cultures.

at 0:34 an aku hunting society (odeh) mask, then at 0:48 the mc announces the jollay 'fiary', and you can see two of them around 1:11. you can hear some krio/aku: 'una kushe!' (greetings to all!). the masquerade that follows that is the wollof simba (lion) mask.


Re: Jollay (Djole) devil

Posted: Thu May 16, 2013 4:15 am
by bubudi
ok so i asked around a lot about the issue of 'fyary' vs 'debul'. this informatio n took some time to get because only those involved for some time in societies will know these answers. so i thank those who took the time to break it down for me.

among the krio, men can belong to odeh (hunting) or ojeh (cult of egungun) which both originate from the yoruba tradition. kids will often 'fala debul' (dance behind the mask). these masks are big and full of ritual magic objects, fierce looking. there are smaller masks for children called kɛkɛrɛ (a word meaning 'skinny person' in krio) who accompany these big devil masks from behind. a third type of mask is the 'fyari' which means 'fair one'. these masks are not as powerful as 'debul'. they are generally smaller and have elements considered to be 'fine looking'. therefore, jole is indeed a fyari!
jole is an old krio word refering to the elegant feminine beauty.

i was also able to find out the names of the six siko drums in krio:
2 x dumbelekun (bass)
tɛm bɛl (time bell)
walomɛ
rɔlin (rolling)
baba