ES2 - Traditional Korean Masks




I have a small Korean mask which was given to me by a past student. The mask is hanging on a wall in my office. Before I received it as a present, I actually knew nothing about the cultural history of Korean traditional masks. I have since found out that Korean masks have a long history and were used for shamanistic practices, and in both ritual ceremonies and theatrical performances. The Korean word for mask is tal. Nowadays, Korean masks are mainly used in traditional dances and the Korean word for mask dance is talchum.