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Relics from the «Lost Valley»: discourses on the magic of masks


Kuhn, Konrad J (2015). Relics from the «Lost Valley»: discourses on the magic of masks. In: Minniyakhmetova, Tatiana; Velkoborskà, Kamila. Rituals in Magic and Magic in Rituals. Innsbruck: ELM Scholarly Press, 203-212.

Abstract

The paper shows how ‘the magic of the mask’ is an important and dynamic narrative strengthening the vitality of rituals and the attention of the public. In the example of the Tschäggättä, carnival masks from the Lötschental region in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland, the paper points to the importance of scientific interpretations for popular discourses on the magic of masks, but also for the formulation of local discourses on the valley and for tourist and self-representative images today. Masks as ‘relics from the old days’ are highly valued objects for fragile community identities in an alpine region.

Abstract

The paper shows how ‘the magic of the mask’ is an important and dynamic narrative strengthening the vitality of rituals and the attention of the public. In the example of the Tschäggättä, carnival masks from the Lötschental region in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland, the paper points to the importance of scientific interpretations for popular discourses on the magic of masks, but also for the formulation of local discourses on the valley and for tourist and self-representative images today. Masks as ‘relics from the old days’ are highly valued objects for fragile community identities in an alpine region.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Uncontrolled Keywords:carnival masks, discourses on magic, interpretations of folklore studies, popular narratives, Valley of Lötschen, Switzerland, 1900–2014
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:08 Jul 2015 12:15
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:18
Publisher:ELM Scholarly Press
Series Name:The ritual year
Number:10
ISSN:2228-1347
ISBN:978-9949-544-54-7
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.folklore.ee/~liisa/too/RY2015/articles/RY2015_print_quality.pdf

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