Yoruba facial marks

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There are numerous different signifiers for Yoruba facial markings depending on the design (such as status, initiation, etc), but one overarching symbolism was for them to mimic the appearance of gills. This is because in Yoruba cosmology the ocean is the principal symbol of the subconscious world. Therefore, gills on the face suggests the ability to “effectively breathe in the subconscious world.”

via https://www.facebook.com/pages/IFA-Yoruba-Scientific-Spirituality

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