The earliset Japanese masks have been dated back to 10,000 B.C, they were made from clay and used in rituaistic dance. Although they date back so long ago they did not become intwined in their culture untill 5000 A.D when new religions from China and Korea where introduced into Japanese Society.
The masks where mainly used in cultural dances, (Gigaku, Kagura, Bugaku, The lion dance) some of which are still performed today. The masks are also used in theatre and festivals, which will be explored later.
Category: Mask tradition / Cermonies
Added on: Mar 16, 2001 | Hits: 3110
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