Masks in Mexico

Mexico has a long history of wearing masks to represent different characters.

Mixtec mask on a wooden face at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, US. The Mixtecs occupied the area around Oaxaca. Mixtec face mask at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, USATurquoise and coral inlaid mask of jade from the Meso-American city of Teotihuacan, a huge ruined city of unknown inhabitants near Mexico City, at the city’s Museum of Anthropology.Turquoise and coral inlaid mask from the Meso-American city of Teotihuacan at the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico CityAztec dancer dressed as a skeleton with an extraordinary feathered headdress near the Templo Mayor in Mexico City. Aztec dancer dressed as a skeleton with an extraordinary feathered headdressAcrobatic roosters fly at one another at the amphitheatre in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Acrobatic roosters fly at one another at the amphitheatre in Puerto Vallarta, MexicoFolk art mask with fur, horsehair and horns in the Puebla Museum.Folk art mask in the Puebla Museum in MexicoGigante, in a half-mask, with more characters hidden under her skirts, and a suave skeleton, performing a song and dance at the acrobatic show at the amphitheatre in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Gigante with more characters hidden under her skirts at the acrobatic show at the amphitheatre in Puerto Vallarta, MexicoFan with a Luchas Libres mask at the Arena in Mexico City where the epic battles between these masked wrestlers take place. Fan with a Luchas Libres mask at the Arena in Mexico City where the fights between these masked wrestlers take placeDecember 2019, pre-COVID, the cooks are wearing masks while preparing food at a stall in the Puerto Escondido Market, Mexico. They told me that the market has a cleanliness mandate, and for a market it was spotless. Preparing food while wearing masks at a stall in the Puerto Escondido Market, MexicoMasked mannequins, all looking rather fit and spiffy, in a men’s clothing shop in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. From left to right they represent Kim Jong-un (Supreme Leader of North Korea), Vladimir Putin (President of Russia), Donald Trump (President of the United States) and Manuel Obrador (el presidente de México).  Pretty scary masks, eh?Masked mannequins in a men's clothing shop in Puerto Vallarta, MexicoMore of Nancy Merrill’s Photo Challenge: Masks.

One response to “Masks in Mexico

  1. Nice memories – wondering when we will be able to travel freely once more. Interesting that the 2 women cooking are wearing masks…

    Hope you’re both keeping well,

    Janet

    Sent from my iPad

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