Corona virus masksIn 2020, one subject attracted maybe as much attention as the pandemic itself: “masks”. This simple but nowadays also potent word is able to trigger emotions, opinions, reflection and action.Different uses for different masksMasks have many uses, religious or shamanic rituals, entertainment, drama, aesthetics, war, disguise, protection, play, punishment.In shamanism, which is also universal and pre-dates any form of organized religion, it is believed that the one wearing the mask not only represents the deity, animal or demon, but they actually embody them fully. There is “no one else” behind the mask, there is only the deity in question, which is being acted out by the person wearing the mask. When a shaman or a kid playing is wearing a mask of a lion, or a monster, they are not “pretending” to be that being, they are the lion, they are the monster. The mask brings a transformational aspect to the whole representation of the ritual and marks distinctively the ru...