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Lit 10- Masks of Zulu
Transcript of Lit 10- Masks of Zulu
Tribal masks: Used to add imagery and drama to tribal festivals
Secret masks: Used when people want to tell a secret; the person whispers the secret to the mask. Masks never repeat secrets.
Door Guardian masks: Hung near the door. They prevent evil, bad luck and illness. What do tribespeople use masks for? The Zulu masks are very exaggerated and the features are abstract. They are usually long and have lots of color. The masks are very symbolic, multi-material,and don't look very human. Here are some examples: What do the masks look like?
Are they abstract? The masks were made out of hard wood which was carved to make the masks. After carving, the masks were painted and then beads, hemp, feathers,nuts,roping, and more were added. What were the masks made of? The Zulu masks use colors which are usually dark and thick. There are also many intricately carved lines on the surface of the masks. The colors represent life forces and, interestingly, can denote the opposite meaning as well. Look at the dual meanings of the colors and what they represent:
Black: Marriage and regeneration. Sorrow and death.
Blue: Favors. Ill will and hostility.
Yellow: Wealth, gardens, and fertility. Thirst, negativity, and the death of crops.
Green: Contentment and a happy home life. Illness and chaos.
Pink: High rank or important birth and oath or promise. Poverty and laziness.
Red: Physical love or strong emotions. Anger, heartache or impatience. What kind of designs or colors
were used on these masks? Zulu tribal culture The Zulu culture was very proud of its warrior image and prowess in battles. The Zulus once defeated a Boer army armed with long-range rifles in the Boer-Zulu War : 1838. The masks are menacing and unique; they are very long and have dark colors. Organic seeds, fruits, and animals products provided all materials. Works Cited Digital image. Buissness Gate. Buissness Gate, n.d. Web. <http://www.business-gate.com/wp-images/2009/01/ethinc-masks.jpg>.
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Cry, the Beloved Country
Mrs. Feldman The Zulus were one of the most important tribes in the history of South Africa. They were originally only one, among many tribes, loosely called Bantu. However, in the early 1800's, a leader named Chaka, united by fairly brutal means, many African tribes into the Zulu empire.