Re: [sig] Any Info on Slavic Masks?
- Whoah, you're right. I should have mentioned that the
masks looked period but that the stuff in the text
looked quite modern. Oh, well, she *was* looking for
masks. In some cultures, games did indeed have
religious significance. The original Olympiads in
--- MHoll@... wrote:
> In a message dated 4/30/2002 4:31:02 PM Central__________________________________________________
> Daylight Time,
> verte76@... writes:
> > Here's a link to a page about Slavic Paganism and
> > has a picture of some masks on it!
> > http://www.irminsul.org/arc/010sz.html
> As usual, I post my warning about Slavic Paganism.
> Just the first lines of
> the text on that page are enough. There is no
> evidence that any of these
> pagan Slavic deities were worshipped in that manner
> at that time. There are
> no songs that survived from period. No descriptions
> of rituals, except some
> very vague references to "devilish dances" or
> "devilish behavior". Have fun
> with the stuff, but don't consider any of it period.
> The masks, however, are indeed period. But from what
> I recall reading
> somewhere, they may have been ball-playing
> equipment. Maybe in ritual games,
> and maybe just as protection -- like a catcher's or
> a football mask.
> [Non-text portions of this message have been
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> I have a picture of a period, leather, RussianDo you mean the Skomorokh mask? Then it was valid at least until 1480,
> Minstrels Mask. I have a book on Russian Minstrels.
> Let me know if you want particulars.
when, after the 100-Chapter Counsil, they started making Christmas
decorations out of the Skomorokhs, hanging them whenever possible.
Though, try to find anything browsing about the word "Ofenya"
(Ophenya???). They were professional traders, first of all book
traders, with their special language (for the customer NOT to
understand), rituals and all - not a city
corporation, but something in between a bunch of fellow conspirators,
family school of hidden knowledge and remnants of Skomorokh system in
later times (references to Ofenyas and their language until early XX