Masquerades are very important figures in Nigerian festivities.
Many cultures believe that they represent the ancestors while some believe they are gods. Whatever the case, they are believed to be mystical and hold related powers, hence should be respected.
Though masquerades are hardly seen except for very important events, such as special religious festivities or a funeral of a great person, they storm the streets during December, most especially in villages. These types of masquerades aren't exactly the revered ones, but are young men with acrobatic and dance skills in masks who take advantage of the already established reverence that comes with masquerades to go about chasing and flogging passersby.