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Looking at these masks, I was ceaselessly asking myself the same questions. Why this unusual shape, so ill-adapted to their function? (…) I was unable to answer (…) until I realized that, as is the case with myths, masks, too, cannot be interpreted in and by themselves as separate objects. Looked upon from the semantic point of view, a myth acquires sense only after it is returned to its transformation set.”
– Claude Lévi-Strauss. The Way of the Masks. 1990: University of Washington Press. p. 12.