July 8th, 2017

The Man Behind the Mask

Originally posted by pigshitpoet at The Man Behind the Mask
Masks Through the Ages

Originally posted by b_picture at 10 самых жутких способов спрятать лицо

Ever since man invented clothes, he's always tried to cover his face for reasons that were different on each occasion, from functional or utilitarian, joyful celebration and story telling to mocking and even funny. Today, some of these masks cannot be looked at without the unpleasant sense of fear invoked by their purpose and sometimes by their appearance.

The Plague Mask

This mask, together with the rest of the equally terrifying Doctors of the plague, was developed in Paris in 1619. The long beak served as a reservoir for aromatic herbs and flowers, as people believed that the disease spread through the unpleasant smells of decaying flesh, considered ubiquitous in the air.

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Guy Fawkes mask
The Guy Fawkes mask

This is a stylised depiction of Guy Fawkes, the best-known member of the Gunpowder Plot. The plot was an attempt to blow up the House of Lords in London on 5 November 1605, in order to restore a Catholic head of state. The use of a mask on an effigy has long roots as part of Guy Fawkes Night celebrations. A stylised portrayal of a face with an oversized smile and red cheeks, a wide moustache upturned at both ends, and a thin vertical pointed beard, designed by illustrator David Lloyd, came to represent broader protest after it was used as a major plot element in V for Vendetta, published in 1982, and its 2005 film adaptation. After appearing in Internet forums, the mask became a well-known symbol for the online hacktivist group Anonymous, used in Project Chanology, the Occupy movement, and other anti-government and anti-establishment protests around the world.