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2,000-yr-old ancient skeleton mask discovered

kŁtahya skeleton mask aizanoi dionysos burial ceremonies

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 02:39 PM

A 2,000-year-old skeleton with a mask on its face has been found in the Aizanoi ancient city in Kütahya, during excavations in the area which have been continuing for two years now with new findings emerging.

The mask of the skeleton was found along with the face and the body. This mask is thought to have been used in the burial ceremonies in Aizonoi, said Özer. The mask was put on the face of the dead and this might signify the relation of the dead with the ceremony of Dionysos.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 08:26 PM

Interesting article, linking the mask to Dionysus's cult. If I remember correctly (and I may not), ancient actors wore masks instead of makeup. And wasn't Dionysis the patron of the arts, the theater especially? I wonder if there's a connection there.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 10:17 PM

Very interesting. I was hoping for more photos in the article though

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