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Common to all cultures, masks have been used in religious ceremonies, as a form of disguise to help a hunter catch his prey, and later by actors in performances. Native Americans used masks to capture and embody the spirit of an ancestor or for more intangible reasons such as wellness when healing the sick or an appeal for a lush harvest. The masks we sell have their roots in Mayan culture. They represented deities such as Chak, who brought the rains, and masks were also used by soldiers on the battlefield, although whether as protection or simply to evoke ancestral spirits, we do not know. Modern interpretations utilize wood, seashells or like the ones we sell, leather and other tanned materials. Masks have become a popular souvenir in Mexico and no place more than in Mazatlan, the origin of our leather and stone masks.
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