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World’s oldest masks go on display

World’s oldest masks go on display

So I’ve come across something this week that’s spiked my curiosity.
On a deep subsub layer of the BBC news they’ve announced an exhibition of the ‘World’s oldest Masks’ at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

My first impulse of course is to wonder, ‘Why isn’t this front page news?’

And on reflection, to explore the following comments lifted from the site:.

“The 9,000-year-old stone masks are thought to have been made to resemble the spirits of dead ancestors.
They have round holes for eyes, tiny noses and prominent displays of teeth………
The exhibition’s curator, Debby Hershman, said the masks dated back to the creators of civilization: that critical turning point that saw the birth of agriculture and the abandonment of the hunter-gather lifestyle
“They were made in the pre-pottery Neolithic period by the people that were living here, that were the first farmers, first people that actually lived in villages in large groups and they were the creators of civilisation.””

So my questions are:
What is it that you have discovered in your life that allows you to believe (have faith in), in a future of ‘planting and harvesting’ above a ‘smash and grab’ mindset?

If you are at the cusp of a major change in civilization, you are a conscious creator. What are the new skills and attitudes you need to survive?

Which ancestors do you need to honour for bringing you to the present here-and-now?

Take a good look at these masks/faces. What emotions do they trigger in you? Where, (or with whom), do you connect, or recognize these emotions in your life today?

Which rituals do you think they were serving?

Which rituals do you need to create to support you today?

About author

From her Masters in Psychology & Theatre, Grainne is inspired by dark, dirty stories and is passionate about the art of transformation. Her fascination with multiple points of view led to her establishment of Mask Work as a provocative and intuitive way to explore and connect inner experiences to external actions. When she’s not jumping to the end of a detective novel to see if she’s right, she’s understanding her body through Aikido.

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