Tribal Masks and Myths

Tribal Masks and Myths

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Man has made use of masks in dance rituals, dramas, folk songs, temples and different Socio-Cultural contexts. In South India Masks are Worn by Kathakali Dancers, to depict good and evil characters from Hindu epics. Masks find an important place in Hindu festival celebration such as Dasera, Durga Puja and Ram Navami. Tribal societies in India too use have Mask characters. Some of the tribes using masks are Bhils, Garasia, Bison Horn Madia, Santhals, Oraons etc. However, there is only one tribal town in India, that depicts 54 tribal mask characters. This town is known as Jawhar, from Thane district, in the state of Maharashtra. These 54 characters are taken in a Procession during a Mask Festival called Bohada . The festival of Bohata is popular among the Koknas, Thakars, Mahadev Kolis, Malhar Kolis, Dhor Kolis, Katkaris, Warlis and few caste groups of Thane and Nasik District. Contents: Concept and Definitions of Masks, Research Methodology, Tribal Village, People and Mask Makers, Bohada: The Mask Festival of Bharsatmet, Bohada: The Mask Festival of Bharsatmet, Bohada: As Interpreted by the Non-tribals, Summary and Conclusions.... the state of Maharashtra, we have observed Hindu mask characters such as Ganesh, Vishnu, Ram, Laxman, Ravan, Sita, ... The point we are trying to make here is, the members of the royal families were already exposed to urbanization andanbsp;...

Title:Tribal Masks and Myths
Author:Robin D. Tribhuwan, Laurence Savelli
Publisher:Discovery Publishing House - 2003-01-01


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