The Bobo of Burkina Faso believe that the earth was created by the supreme being Wuro. During the creation of man, Wuro also produced masks to act as physical representations of his son Duwo through which man could communicate with Wuro.
Seen as the most sacred of all masks, molo is used exclusively by Bobo blacksmiths in cults centred around Dwo's spirit (the kwele dwo, dwosa, and sibe dwos cults). Molo masks are used during cult initiation ceremonies, as points of sacrifice and prayer to Wulo and also during funerals of cult members.
Common features among all molo masks:
Regional variations (North Bobo; Tanguna):
Regional variations (Central Bobo; Kurumani):