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Re: [Fwd: History African Masks]

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Maggie White (mwhite)
Mon, 13 Apr 1998 17:03:55 -0700


Sandra,

That was a good post you made on masks. Here's a quote I just got in Chicago last week
at the Art Institute, where there was a show of artifacts, including masks, of the Baule
people. It is a quote from a tribesman:

"The mask is most beautiful at the moment when it dances with the cloths (sic) and
everything; that is the time to see it.

"This mask danced in my village...We often danced (a few of the masks) for the funerals
of important old men and women..."

I just loved the idea of the _mask_ dancing, rather than people dancing _with_ it.

Here's another statement I also found interesting, though not about masks:

"We Baule live with art in the sense that statues are kept in our houses, but we don't
do it in the way you do in America. We live with the spirits more than with the
statues...they (the people) are not afraid of (the statues). But we are afraid of the
spirits. The spirit is not in the statue...it comes there when they give it offerings.
We are aware that Baule art is beautiful, but the aspect that interests us most is the
spiritual, religious side."

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