Ritual and theatrical masks themselves can be considered to be practical, and protective masks in a sports context in particular are often designed to enhance the appearance of the wearer. These companies, and others, have a strong social agenda, and combine masks, music and puppetry to create a visual theatrical form. Navajo masks appear to be inspired by the Pueblo prototypes. During Chinese New Year many masks are worn but the most famous and important of them is mask of the dragon. So by the 19th century, the carnivals of the relatively wealthy bourgeois town communities, with elaborate masques and costumes, existed side-by-side with the ragged and essentially folkloric customs of the rural areas. The masks were also worn to celebrate births and to keep homes safe by scaring evil ghosts.
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History of Chinese Masks
Dominique Blanc et al. Such masks survive in the alpine regions of Austria and Switzerland, and may be connected with hunting or shamanism , and tend to be particularly associated with the New Year and Carnival festivals. In medieval Europe, masks were used in mystery and miracle plays to portray allegorical creatures, and the performer representing God frequently wore a gold or gilt mask. Rites of passage, such as initiation of young members of the family, or funerals, were carried out at the shrine under the watch of the ancestral masks. Pueblo craftsmen produced impressive work for masked religious ritual, especially the Hopi and Zuni. University of South Carolina Press, It is believed to have been commissioned by a king of Benin in memory of his mother. Most of the ceremonies of the Dogon culture are secret, although the antelope dance is shown to non-Dogons.
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The History of Chinese Masks and Types
This in turn is of uncertain origin — perhaps from a Germanic source akin to English "mesh", but perhaps from mask- "black", a borrowing from a pre-Indo-European language. It is believed that the use of masks is related to the cult of the ancestors, which considered dancers the interpreters of the gods. Males wear the mask, although it does depict a female. In some Greek masks, the wide and open mouth of the mask contained a brass megaphone enabling the voice of the wearer to be projected into the large auditoria. War masks are also popular. It is generally accepted that the masks, noise, colour and clamour are meant to drive away the forces of darkness and winter, and open the way for the spirits of light and the coming of spring. Many African masks represent animals. Jewish News of Greater Phoenix , Vol.
Description:Black is color for characters that have integrity, that are impartial and neutral. In China, masks are thought to have originated in ancient religious ceremonies. Posted by Holiday Tour Guide in Indian. Unlike other masks discovered in the Balkans of which 3 are in Republic of Macedonia and two in Greece , it is now kept in the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia. Archived from the original on 29 August In Indonesia, the mask dance predates Hindu-Buddhist influences. The traditions of Shiva and Dionysus. Your email address will not be published. Some cover the face, some the whole head and are often highly abstracted forms.
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