Demon Woman Mask from "Oni" Japanese tradition
Bad emotions makes you a demon. Remember what happened to Gollum from "The Lord of the Rings"? It's an old story that goes on and on all over the world. In popular ancient Japanese tales, human emotions, such as rage and jelousy, turned women into "Oni" while still alive. It is the case of Yuki-onna, usually described with white skin, a white kimono, and long black hair. She appears in snowfall like a demon ghost to feed herself with human essence. She kills her victims freezing them to death and sucking their souls out of their mouths. Among many tales, there is also the one of Yamauba, the mountain ogress, who has a penchant for eating human flesh... hiding mouths under her hair... Extraordinary powerfull mask like this one were carved to act in theatre or popular folklore for hundreds of years.