TITLE: Kyodomen Fujin
TYPE: mask
GENERAL REGION: Asia
COUNTRY: Japan
ETHNICITY: Japanese
DESCRIPTION: Fujin Mask
MAKER: Unknown
CEREMONY: Kyodomen
FUNCTION: Celebration; Entertainment; Spirit Invocation
AGE: late 2000s
MAIN MATERIAL: wood
OTHER MATERIALS: paint

Kyodomen is the folk theatre of Japan, developed in small villages around local myths and legends. At the founding of a shrine or temple, local carvers would make masks to dedicate to the local Shinto gods or spirits. Wearing the mask invoked the god and allowed the invocation of supernatural powers to benefit the village. Fujin is one of these gods, the lord of the winds in Japanese lore, who wears a leopard skin and carries a bag of winds (possibly derivative of the Greek god Boreas) on his shoulders. He usually appears together with Raijin, the god of thunder and lightning.