Cul­tural Masks Around the­world

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Masks have been used around the world for cen­turies for all kinds of re­li­gious and cul­tural cel­e­bra­tions. Some masks honor those who have died, some rep­re­sent an­i­mals or spir­its and some sim­ply dis­guise a per­son’s iden­tity. Now, as we are all tasked with wear­ing masks for pro­tec­tion dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, Newsweek is tak­ing a look at the types of masks that were used long be­fore they be­came a part of the world’s daily wardrobe. —Alexandra Schon­feld


The all-male Noh The­ater, de­vel­oped in the 14th cen­tury, is the old­est ma­jor the­ater art still reg­u­larly per­formed. The lead char­ac­ter, or

will wear a mask made of Ja­panese cy­press that tells the au­di­ence what kind of char­ac­ter to ex­pect.

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