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The use of masks in rituals or ceremonies is a very ancient human practice across the world, One of the challenges in anthropology is finding the precise derivation of human culture and early activities, with the invention and use of the mask only one area of unsolved inquiry. It is conjectured that the first masks may have generally been used by primitive people to associate the wearer with some kind of unimpeachable authority, such as "the gods" or to otherwise lend credence to the person's claim on a given social role.
The oldest masks that have been discovered are 9,000 years old, being held by the Musée "Bible et Terre Sainte" (Paris), and the Israel Museum (Jerusalem).
A mask is an object normally worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance, or entertainment.
Masks have been used since antiquity for both ceremonial and practical purposes.
Sometimes a slave or a criminal was temporarily granted the insignia and status of royalty, only to be killed after the festival ended.
Masks in various forms (sacred, practical, or playful) have played a crucial historical role in the development of understandings about "what it means to be human", because they permit the imaginative experience of "what it is like" to be transformed into a different identity (or to affirm an existing social or spiritual identity).
Throughout the world, masks are used for their expressive power as a feature of masked performance - both ritually and in various theatre traditions.
In Ancient Rome, the word persona meant 'a mask'; it also referred to an individual who had full Roman citizenship.
A citizen could demonstrate his or her lineage through imagines, death masks of the ancestors.