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Spirit of the Lion

Tattoo Design by Ray Reasoner Jr
This tattoo design is a full color drawing of half a lion's face and half a tribal mask. The mask is based on those of the Dan and Akan tribes in Africa. Masks are used to channel the spirits of ancestors and sometimes animals as well. The spirit enters the wearer and it communicates through them. The Dan traditionally carve their masks from wood and then dye them brown while the Akan often use this longer form, both use the inverted tear drop shape.