The history of the venetian masks is very interesting. Citizens in the Republic of Venice, both men and women, were used to disguise themselves in their everyday life. This shared practice lasted for several centuries, from about the second half of 1200s’ until the end of the Veneto Republic in 1797.
Basically people wore the masks primarily to hide their social standing than for hiding their own identity, that way allowing citizens of any status, from the average one to the noble man, to be kind of in incognito.
Any servant could be mistaken for an aristocrat, and vice versa. Men and women could be flirting more freely, without the fear of moral judgment and have less inhibitions.
Oscar Wilde once said that Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he’ll tell you the truth. This may be the basic meaning of the practice of dressing up in Venice.
So, we may say, the history of the Venetian masks is a way to hide in order to be yourself. 😀 So i couldn’t stop thinking about that, nowadays, how many people actually still do this, how many people give importance to social status or etiquette. Is it about the fear to be judged? People tend to judge everything very easily. Unfortunately. My philosophy is trying to find the better parts in any person and learn from it event if that person doesn’t share with me the same life ways or ideas. I encourage you to embrace diversity and freedom. Freedom of thinking, freedom as a state of mind. Free just like the Venetians.They were seamen, merchants, adventurers. They ruled over a big part of the eastern Mediterraneo and they were used to the opennes and freedom of the sea … 😉