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An rendition of an ancient mask hanging on wall. Masks have been used around the world since antiquity for ceremonial and practical purposes. They have also been used for protection, disguise and Entertainment. Some have been designed not be worn at all but to be used as ornaments. Masks are still commonly used in drama therapy and entertainment.
The word Mask first appeared in English in 1530 from the Middle French word masque..meaning to cover or guard the face. Masque was derived from the Italian work maschera and from the medieval Latin work masca.."mask, specter, nightmare".
the oldest masks that have been found date back 9000 years. Most probably the practice of masking is much older as the earliest known anthropomorphic artwork is circa 30,000�40,000 years old. At the neanderthal Roche-Cotard site in France a flintstone likeness of a face was found which is about 35,000 years old, but it is not clear that it was intended as a mask.
History and recordings of mask use have continued since that time period. The Carnival of Venice, in which all are equal behind their masks, dates back to 1268 AD. The use of carnivalesque masks in the Jewish Purim festivities probably originated in the late 15th century, although some Jewish authors claim it has always been part of Judaic tradition
The North American Iroquois tribes used masks for healing purposes. In the Himalayas, masks functioned as mediators of supernatural forces.
Masks in various forms (sacred, practical, or playful) have played a crucial historical role in the development of understandings about "what it means to be human", because they permit the imaginative experience of "what it is like" to be transformed into a different identity (or to affirm an existing social or spiritual identity). Not all cultures have known the use of masks, but most of them have.
Masks are a familiar and vivid element in many folk and traditional pageants, ceremonies, rituals and festivals, and are often of an ancient origin. The mask is normally a part of a costume that adorns the whole body and embodies a tradition important to the religious and/or social life of the community as whole or a particular group within the community. Masks are used almost universally and maintain their power and mystery both for their wearers and their audience.The continued popularity of wearing masks at carnival, and for children at parties and for festivals such as Halloween are good examples. (source Wikipedia)
January 14th, 2013
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