Protection

Is the Burka a real mask?

A burka is a long, loose garment covering the whole body from head to feet, worn in public by many Muslim women. It does not have to be this color or design, but can vary, depending where you are located in the world of Islam. I think of it as a mask meant to protect women from tempting men and will add it to the “Protection” category in our archive. Do you think it qualifies as a real mask?

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  • Rey

    Just recently I was in the Mask Museum in Belgium and they considered puppets a kind of masks. I was surprised but got convinced by their definition, so now I agree on considering the Burka a kind of mask too.

    There are other types of hijabs that more resemble masks, like the Battoulah in some arab states: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battoulah.

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