Another mask that is very present in the Bissau parades is that of the Koni bird, which according to the Nalu ethnic group symbolizes the spirit of good, in its fight against the spirit of evil. The front part of the mask represents the evil and the back part the goodness that, when winning the contest, occupies more space. It is done in very bright colors, and the person who wears it on their head accompanies their parade with choreographic movements alluding to that fight between two worlds.
The only character that is always present in all the Bissau Carnival parades, and that is common to all ethnic groups, is N’Turudu. It is a figure that goes through the city in search of those who have not behaved well during the year, to reprimand their action with light touches of a broom. This tour is accompanied by a complex expressiveness based on dance, music and unique choreography.
All of this makes carnival parades act as open-air museums, where it is possible to observe multiple aspects of the country’s idiosyncrasy, such as its veneration for nature.
Something that is evident in these highly aesthetically rich masks, which walk the streets of Bissau inviting visitors to dance to the sound of ceremonious songs and authentic rituals of life.