Funeral Masks of the Zhuang people in the Nationalities Museum of Kunming
Funeral Masks of the Zhuang people in nationalities Museum of Kunming
Known as Longyawai Masks, they are funeral ceremony masks popular in the Zhuang communities of Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture, on the east of Yunnan Province.
The masks are shaped as a lion, they are in fact a cow head called «Longyawai», a gift given by the living to the dead, symbolizing that is a real cow for feeding them in the afterlife. The purpose is to let the dead live a carefree life in underworld with no concern of the human world.
These masks are made of paper pasted on a bamboo frame and are used together with two grim face masks.
Three people wear the three masks to dance on the day commemorating the dead and the following day for the funeral procession.
The museum exhibits three large masks, one with a lion’s head, one cow’s head and one with a shepherd’s head. They are very elaborate and of complex design, with huge mouths, eyes like round mirrors, and sometimes with fabrics hanging to cover the wearer. There are two smaller and simpler ones, one with the face of a monkey, used by the companions in the procession.
Yunnan Nationalities Museum, in Kunming, has one of the best collections of masks in China.
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