PAST - Lucha Libre Masks A popular part of a Mexican wrestler’s persona is his or her mascara, or lucha libre mask. The masks play an important part of the storyline, and can also provide some anonymity in a country enthralled by the sport of Mexican wrestling. ( Lucha, M, 2009)
PAST/PRESENT - Lucha libre (Spanish: “free wrestling”) is a term used in Mexico, and other Spanish-speaking countries, for a form of professional wrestling with a unique history in latin culture. Mexican wrestling is characterized by colorful masks, rapid sequences of holds, as well as "high-flying" maneuvers, some of which have been adopted in US professional wrestling. (Herr, J, 2012)
PAST - Greek Masks Ancient Greeks wore masks in every theatrical play. No ancient greek masks have been saved, but we have proof the actors did wear masks because the theatrical greek masks appear on ancient vessels and mosaics.
PRESENT - As Noh is an art form that utilizes masks, there is a great variety of them. There were originally about 60 basic types of noh masks, but today there are well over 200 different kinds in use. (the-Noh.com, 2012)
PAST - It is an image that many recognise but most know nothing about. The plague mask—with its elongated beak and dark, soulless eyes—has been replicated in costume shops around the world, Indeed, so prevalent are these masks at parties and balls, one might be tempted to think it is a design entirely imagined by Italian mask-makers for the Venetian Carnival. But where did this mask originate and what purpose did it serve during plague outbreaks? ( Chirurgeon's Apprentice, 2012)