The representations of the oldest masks are masks of animals, like those found in the paintings in the Lascaux cave in France. Some of these masks are still visible in contemporary rites around the world.
The correlation between the masks worn during these rituals and the anthropomorphic figurations of the Upper Paleolithic are striking. In many parts of Europe and especially in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal and the Basque Country), archaic and mysterious figures regularly haunt carnival rites since the Middle Ages (but referring according to some specialists, like A.Darpeix, member of the historical and archaeological society of Perigord, to a distant shamanic and Neolithic antiquity).
They are masks adorned with skins of animals, vegetables and straw, surrounded by bells and bones,often crowned with horns and woods. Thus arises the wild man within modern paganism as to symbolize the rebirth of nature emerging from winter. The figures are essentially ambiguous, as at the crossroads of nature and culture. Masks always speak of the mysteries of existence: in traditional societies, they were or still are the figure of ancestors and spirits of the dead, that of protective or evil spirits.
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