We are a fan of face mask, mainly I used to get nightmare having mask hung at the living area of our former home.
I would not take mask as religious nor spiritually, I would take it as a form of art.
Thanks to Kaspersky Lab, we were arranged to have a short lesson at Astani Mask Gallery, Ubud, Bali. The lesson was conducted by Ida Bagus Nom Suryawan. He made the mask, painted them as well as wearing to perform.
Ida shown us his gallery, a huge and extensive collection of masks. Before he gave us a treat on the performance.
He explained to us that the performer would often needs to have a deep study about the subjects before one could perform it well. This includes the storyline, plots, character building etc. Ida gave us an illustration how he could perform in English instead of Balinese. He also said that different mask would have different voice.
The gallery is also where Ida Bagus and family live. He shown us the temple where the family pray together.
Mrs Ida also baked us some local cuisine, rice with brown sugar.