“The grave of the mask”

According to the legend of the beginnings of , the Okina mask fell from the sky, which confirms its extra-terrestrial origin (it is assumed that the theatre has its origins in secret ceremonies, to which only men were admitted). The stone, which marks the spot where it fell to earth — called the grave of the mask — today stands in the village of Kawanishi. The oldest family line of actors practising comes from this area, and consecutive generations have passed on the secret knowledge of this art within its circle.

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Bibliography:
Estera Żeromska, Japoński teatr klasyczny. Korzenie i metamorfozy, t.1: nō, kyōgen, Warszawa 2009.