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Behind the mask

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The Embassy of Mexico presents the "Masks of Mexico" exhibition, which showcases 47 traditional masks made between 1959 and 1990 by the anthropologist Jaled Muyaes and professor Estela Ogazon. 

Throughout decades, the two compiled more than 3,000 masks belonging to various ethnic groups from all over Mexico, which were originally used in folk dances and traditional celebrations.

The objects have been used in Mexico for more than 5,000 years for rituals, festivities and power-related purposes. With the arrival of Europeans and Christianity in the 16th century, masks were then used for educating and introducing the new belief.

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