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Mesoamerica, or Middle-America, is the area of Mexico and Central America occupied in prehistoric times by peoples of related, ritual-driven and magic-based cultures.
What differentiates masks of Mesoamerica today from those of other cultures (European and Asian, for example) is their unique melding of animistic themes and archetypes: fertility, death, rites of passage, gods and devils, heroes and villains, and Hispano-Christian beliefs, reflecting the belief system of a mestizo (or mixed-race) culture. Perhaps the most enduring qualities of masks from Mesoamerica are their na?ve, folk-art characteristics: directness and freshness of vision, outrageous humor, simple, bright colors, crisp and expressive carving or modeling, and the refreshing certitude of both their makers and their wearers.
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