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What is the purpose of Chinese masks?

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Chinese masks are used for dance performances, protection against evil, protecting the newborn babies and theatrical purposes. Different types of masks have different purposes in Chinese culture.

Sorcerer's masks are very popular for welcome celebration, especially during ceremonies for gods and spirits. They are also used for different rituals and prayers for better future. Chinese sorcerer's masks originate from totemic worshiping of Guizhou and Yunnan and are also used during the funerals to help the departed soul rest in peace. Festive masks, on the other hand, are very popular during celebrations like Chinese New Year. The Opera masks are painted on the actors' faces, and they depicts the traits of the character the actor is playing.


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