Bhuta Fierce Demon Mask #4 | Bronze | 18th C. | India | H: 15 W: 17.5 |        Price upon request        INQUIRE

Bhuta Masks from Kerala & Karnataka, India

Although informed by Hindu iconography (markings of Siva, serpents, third-eye indications), these masks are part of a separate Shamanic tradition. Bhutas are a powerful mixture of heroic ancestors, forest spirits and classical Hindu Gods.

Individual identification is complicated as the same form could be worshipped as several different Bhutas depending on the family line and location of the shrine. Some of these masks were worn by individuals in Shamanic trance ritual. Their awesome visages are meant to convey a sense of great power and influence to be accessed by the local community for individual and group welfare.

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