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Cameroon

Christraud M. Geary

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

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Cameroon blends West and Central Africa, extending from the Atlantic Coast to Lake Chad, bordering on six countries. Dress and ways to manipulate the body vary widely among the population. Religion and history influenced choices to adopt, maintain, or discard forms of dress. Indigenous African religions with annual and life-cycle ceremonies, accompanied by masked rituals in some regions, demanded ritual dress and costumes. Throughout the nineteenth century, local materials were used in the produc

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