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1. The mask is a means of temporary alteration of the physical appearance. It is especially the ‘look’ of the face, as a projecting mark of the human being's identity, which can be altered or hidden by masquerade. Thus, pleasure and vice are flaunted by masquerade, as at → Carnival; at the same time, masks serve as a means of the presentation of identities and …

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Naacke, Claudia, “Mask”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 23 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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