topic: mask wearing

Masking Law

The wearing of masks is at the core of Chosen culture and their use is controlled minutely by codicils of the Law-that-must-be-obeyed. The diagram above shows a detail of my original scheme for masking law. The second diagram shows the same table with greater clarity. The ranks of individuals given along the top reference a compulsory state of masked [M] or optional state of unmasking [UM] indexed against a list of ranks of those present […]


In the Stone Dance masks are a major trope or symbol. They emerged from my unconscious for reasons that I did not at the time understand. I am not sure I fully understand them even now. Suffice it to say that in the Stone Dance there are many more kinds of masks than those the Masters wear.