In the valleys and foothills on the southern slopes of the Himalayas, within the region of the so-called Middle Hills in Nepal, there are tribes where belief in ancient pre-Buddhist shamanism is still prevalent to this day. These tribes, such as the Tamang, Magar, Gurung, Rai and others, which are native to the northern and western part of the central Kathmandu valley, have a long-standing mask tradition.These masks are among the most primitive in use in the world, and are made by carving wood, coating it with yak butter fat, and charring it over a smoky fire. Their shamans and special dancers perform at ceremonies, theatrical performances and dances wearing masks and costumes. Their masks appear simpler, seemingly more primitive than the large, colourful masks used for the Buddhist-Lamaist cham dances in the Buddhist monasteries and temples of Nepal. These masks of the Shamanist tribes are smaller, yet alluring in their straightforward simplicity and are called Middle-Hills-masks. The present'Middle-Hills-mask' is carved from lightweight, but hard wood. It displays cracks as well as heavy, age-related erosion on the front side (probably exacerbated through earlier long-term improper storage of the object). The shaman plays an important social role as the channeler of spirits for healing, purification, and protection of those under his supervision. Masks help the shaman embody one of the spirits that surround the living world and use it to heal the sick, drive away evil influences, and guide villagers through changes in their lives (birth, adulthood, changes in social status, death) that might be affected by the spirit world. When hung in a house, the mask serves a protective function. The Magar and Gurung people use very similar masks for identical purposes. The Raï people are known for making shamanic and house protective masks from the parasitic arboreal mushroom. Also known as tinder fungus. We are committed to your 100% satisfaction. Have any questions, please communicate if I dont resolve, then use your legal rights. It'll just take you 1 minute and will be heartily appreciated. Welcome to contact me with any issue anytime and it will be responded as soon as possible. As most of transit are in lock-down state until further notice. Stay Safe, keep distance and stay home as much as you can. Let us help each other in many ways as we can. Take care and be safe and make others to be safe. Namaste And Peace From Nepal. Description of Item Length of Mask : 10.35" Inches / 26.3 Cms Width of Mask : 7.40" Inches / 18.8 Cms Weight of Mask : 816 Gms / 1.800Lbs Product Code : Mask9624 Detail About Mask and Origin Have any questions, please communicate if I dont resolve, then use your legal rights. Feedback It'll just take you 1 minute and will be heartily appreciated. Thank you Namaste And Peace From. The item "Wood Hairy Himalayan Rare Mask Nepal Ancient Antique Primitive Art Tribal wooden" is in sale since Monday, April 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectables\Ethnographic Collectables\Other Ethnographic". The seller is "tibetan_store" and is located in kathmandu. This item can be shipped worldwide.