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Theatrum Mundi

Masks and Masquerades in Mexico and the Andes

Anthony Alan Shelton. In collaboration with the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

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“Documents some of the different ways in which pre-Hispanic and contemporary Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples have adapted and rechanelled Catholicism through their unique blends of ceremony, ritual and masquerade.” —Michael Gray-Fow

Theatrum Mundi (“the theatre of the world”) describes the diversity of masks and performances that originated from the violent struggles between European, Arabic and “New World” civilizations. This authoritative study celebrates over 500 years of Mexican and South American Indigenous dance dramas and explains how mask makers, religious practitioners, masqueraders and entrepreneurs have helped to continuously reinvent, revitalize and express the changing world around them.

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