In India, masks are used in both rituals and in various theaters for their expressive power. They are usual elements in many traditional ceremonies, rituals and festivals. In Indian tribal culture mask has an important place. These characters of tribal masks represent either deities, ancestral spirit, totem, mythological character, an event, royal personalities, animals or birds. Masks are made up of clay, paper pulp, metal, wood, bamboo, cow dung, tin and leather.
Tribal believe that masks represents the presence of their God or Goddess with them, who provide moral and spiritual support to them. There is only one tribal town called “Jawhar’’, from Thane district in Maharashtra state, which represent 52 tribal mask characters. Every year these 52 masks are taken in procession, which is celebrated as a mask festival called ‘Bohada’.
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