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Wooden Nuo Mask, 'Mountain Guardian'
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Wooden Nuo Mask, 'Mountain Guardian'
Wooden Nuo Mask, 'Mountain Guardian'

Wooden Nuo Mask, 'Mountain Guardian'

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This is a handmade mask of the Kai Shan God (the Mountain Guardian) in Nuo Drama. He has two sharp horns on the top of head, long buck teeth in the mouth, and bulging eyes. He is in charge of getting rid of the evil spirits and clear the path for other gods to pass in Nuo drama. He also has the ability of bringing back the lost soul.

The Nuo Dance was initially a mystic ritual used to eliminate evil spirits. Its name comes from one of these rituals, where the participants would recite the word "nuo" in order to rid themselves of evil influence. First originating between the 11th and 16th century BC, Nuo has many similarities to early pagan and shamanistic practices; performers would train in ritual procedures and Nuo opera to greet and rid themselves of the evil spirits in question. It has since evolved into a more elaborate drama with masked performers. Although the dance declined after the Song dynasty, it is still performed by Chinese ethnic minorities in remote regions of the Guizhou, Hunan, Sichuan, and Anhui provinces.
The Mask is the soul of Nuo Drama. The wooden mask also has religious implications; as the symbol and medium of a spirit, masks are governed by strict rules. Our masks are made by the best artists and carved to the highest standards.
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