14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Chhau Mask of Goddess Durga relaxing on a fence
This Chhau mask represents one of the Indian Goddesses, Durga. In India, you can often see people treating these representations as gods themselves, praying to them, showing reverence, and even being in awe in their presence. Therefore, the fact that the head of a goddess is just relaxing on a fence speaks volume of what religion is to the poor dancers who perform folk dances to feed their families. It is nothing but a mask.
© Rohit Mehta.
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||Nov. 8, 2016, 7:54 a.m.