chapter  2
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Where do Our Masks Come From?

The history of masks is also the history of theatre itself, so to catalogue the entire backstory of the mask is a serious undertaking. Many books can be found that undertake such a task, so I do not wish to reproduce them here. But there are several interesting factors I wish to cover. First, what do we actually mean by ‘the mask’, and second, what are the roots of the masks we see and use today?