Cultural Masks Around theworld
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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