I have used this topic in conjunction with mask making units at all
The use of masks in all cultures and throughout history is explored. All
students are interested in different (especially what they see as wierd or
spooky} cultural practices and holidays (holydays). Certain fundimentalist
religions forbid participation in the celebration of all or specific
holidays. Others forbid the construction of representations of
people-animals. This is the perfect time to also explain these beliefs to
the students and provide an alternate example for those students with
objections-generic masks with themes like pretty, ugly, flamboyant and
perameters which specify no people-animal based representations (graven
image) should satisfy this sector (which might be large in some districts).
Have not had any objections in ten years!