Mask... or between good and evil.


Rego Park (New York), United States

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Mask (noun).
1. Covering for all or part of the face as a disguise or for protection.
2. Some kind of behaviour for pretension to be, passing oneself of as, impersonating, simulating or posing as.

As long time Japanese antique collector I took masks of old Japanese theatre Noh and Kyogen for definition of this word…

The date of man’s invention of masks is unknown, their use is certainly several thousands years old. It’s a fact that masks in one form or another have made their appearance in every culture shows how important role they have played in a human life.

With the development of dance and true drama, masks became less primitive and more artistic. Immobility of a mask, which seems such a disadvantage when compared with the living human face, makes about it a certain air of the supernatural and fantastic, that’s why masks are widely used up to the present day.

Among the people of the world who still actively use masks, the Japanese are in many ways outstanding. Let’s go back to 14th century when theatre No and Kyogen begins his history and the masks of this show became one of the finest dramatic masks the world has ever seen. I try briefly summarize the characteristics of the Noh and Kyogen masks. Mask of Noh is a mask of tragedy, mask of the Kyogen is the mask of comedy. A typical present-day No performance consists of five Noh plays, divided of three comic interludes of Kyogen, both the tragic and the comic elements being heightened in effect for the best contrasting result. Good and evil in Noh drama reflects these both sides of real life…

In real life you also making choice between good and evil. Many people wearing masks covering their real personality, as a artists playing roles not really belonging to them and as final result ruining the life of themselves or others. Make a right choice between good and evil, take a right mask or even take it off, throw it away and be yourself.

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