Cuzco masked man loves tourist

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are a familiar and vivid element in many folk and traditional pageants, ceremonies, rituals and festivals, and are often of an ancient origin.

The mask is normally a part of a costume that adorns the whole body and embodies a tradition important to the religious and/or social life of the community as whole or a particular group within the community.

Masks are used almost universally and maintain their power and mystery both for their wearers and their audience.

Photo shot in Cuzco, Peru.