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œ God/Demon Masks
› Ko-tobide; O-tobide; Saru-tobide; Ko-beshimi; O-beshimi; Saru-beshimi; Kumasaka; Chorei-beshimi; Kurohige; Shikami; Shishi-guchi; Yakan; Tenjin; Fudo; etc.

The God/Demon Masks express the wildness and raw power of supernatural beings, and are separated into two types: open-mouthed and close-mouthed. The Ko-tobide mask is used for the spirits of animals, such as the ghost of a fox that is cautious and moves around\the wide-open eyes are what give this type of mask its name (since tobide means "bulging [eyes]"). Masks with a large mouth powerfully held shut such as the O-beshimi are used for the roles of goblins. The Shishi-guchi, with its gaping jaws, is used for supernatural beasts such as the lion(s) in The Lion of Stone Bridge, and has eyes that have been painted gold for special effects. In fact, one special characteristic of all of the masks of this type is that they all have gold-colored eyes.

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