scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 946
Masks of Africa Since the earliest times masks have played an important role in the culture of Africa Masks have varied in appearance and function Many masks are associated with religious ceremonies myth dance rituals or are concerned with spirits of the dead rites or even curing sickness The mask has been used by the Africans mainly to solve major human and social problems When a man wears a mask his identity is hidden and the expression on the mask projects a new identity If the features on the mask are unnatural such as an abstract from an animal it will make the mask emit a more effective and dramatic identity Because the person is wearing a mask the human identity is hidden so the viewer is unsettled this causes the man wearing the mask to be strange or unpredictable this leads the viewer to become fascinated so the masked man can deceive the viewer Masks representing harmful spirits were often used to keep a required balance of power This type of mask was often associated with secret societies especially in Africa which has the greatest variety of masks on Earth In ancient Egypt priests used masks to represent gods Masks were also placed upon the face of mummies to keep alive the appearance of the deceased after death or to give a boost to him and his image Masks use different facial features such as idealizing human features frightening features animal features and naturalistic features to give a deeper meaning to what the mask is meant to express Masks were often used as a form of ranking in villages for example a mighty warrior who is known to have a lot of strength would be presented with a mask that would describe this type of strength eg a wolfs mask whereas the villages leader would have a distinct mask that no one else has as a symbol of his power and status in
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA