Ancient Masks of Siberian Peoples / Maski narodov Sibiri (English and Russian Edition) (Paperback)
Title: Ancient Masks of Siberian Peoples / Maski narodov Sibiri (English and Russian Edition) (Paperback)
Made in: USSR, Leningrad, 1975
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Aurora Art Publishers (1975)
Language: English, Russian
by S. V Ivanov (Editor), V. Stukalov (Photographer)
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Masquerades have many functions, yet they appear to cluster into particular categories. There are masks associated with rites of passage such as adolescents’ initiations, other age-related ceremonies, and death. Masking in seasonal festivals and renewal rituals is associated with the earth’s fertility and the path of the sun as it appears to us from Earth. In other masquerades, men play women, generally as the maiden, mother, and crone. Masks also evolved into theater as, for example, in ancient Greece or the Noh drama of Japan. In some sports and in hazardous occupations, masks are worn to protective the face.