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This is the special gate guardian wooden mask. People place the mask above their doors to protect their homes from the evil spirits. The fierce looking guardian can scare away the spirits and the big mouth can blow away the bad wind, thus protecting the family behind the door. In ancient times, a Shaman will perform a ritual before hanging it on your door to get the mask work best.
This mask features one of the dragons sons. In China the dragon is a well-respected god. The dragon has nine sons with appearances and different abilities. The mask also has Chinese writing Shi Gan Dang from Mountain Tai on the tongue. Shi Gan Dang is a mystical hero from Moutain Tai who can kill devils and monsters.
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.