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Western bias of the mask

Tweet In the west we tend to think about the mask as something to hide behind, as if it were a tool to hide emotions, intentions or reactions. Nothing can be more wrong. The masks always tell the truth – … Read the rest of this entry






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Vulgar Comedy and the Church (Part 5 – Opposition to theatre and comedy)

Tweet In the sixteenth century we also see how puritanism gain power and how and the Counter Reformation takes place. They wanted to purify the popular culture. They tried to stop the carnival and official festivities, since they though that … Read the rest of this entry






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The origins of mask (Part 2 – From rites to early plays)

Tweet As we humans settled down, started to cultivate the earth and become domiciled other rites and festivities started to develop. It was harvest, fertility, initiation or transition rites among other. Those rites demanded more human masks, representing human types … Read the rest of this entry






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Carnival and the popular feast (Part 4 – From the May feast to comedy)

Tweet The carnival was the only one of the festivals that followed such a strict standard scenario all over Europe. There were also other main characters in the festivities, such as King of Fools, Re de Maggio, Verde Giorio even … Read the rest of this entry






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Carnival and the popular feast (Part 3 – The structure of the celebration)

Tweet The carnival started by electing a king of the carnival, who would rule the town or village through the festivities. It was often the village idiot or someone with low status in the town, usually with a grotesque or … Read the rest of this entry






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Carnival and the popular feast (Part 2)

Tweet The carnival can be derived from ancient Rome and the Saturnalia. It was celebrated in Rome between 17 and 23 of December, up until the 5th century, to the glory of Saturn, the God. The coming golden age ruled … Read the rest of this entry






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