Bird Mask Rituals In The Hamatsa Society

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In chapter 15, I came across the bird mask that was from Vancouver Island in Canada. A variety of materials was used to create the bird mask. It was first carved out of wood, then covered in cedar bark, feathers, and fiber for its bird like appearance. This masked was worn during ancient rituals in the Hamatsa society. The purpose of the ritual was to initiate new members into the prestigious Hamatsa society. The people of the Hamatsa society practiced this ritual during the winters because they felt the spirits were the most powerful around that time. During the ritual, the crowd would chant “Hap! Hap! Hap!” which translate to “Eat! Eat! Eat!” By chanting this, it encourages the bird masked figures to eat the brains of its victims. This sacrificial

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