Nine Gods in Masquerade

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Digital drawing. An empty masquerade mask facing forward with several asymmetrical elements. At center bridge of nose, a seashell motif. At left of image the top corner of the mask appears to be burning in a sparkling flame, and part of the mask appears to be vaporizing. At bottom is a small chainmail section from which there hangs a row of teardrop pieces dangling from thin strings. Within each eye hole is a star-filled sky motif. The right eye hole is framed with a tiled or scaled border. The left eye is surrounded by a vine motif. At right of image a feather and wing motif drops from the bottom of the mask. Along the side and extending up in a branching tree. A few leaves sprout from a few branches. Two flowers are set beside the tree and above the left eye. A dragonfly-like insect is perched at the base of the tree with two insect wings extending out and two feathers emerging from the bottom.

The story will be told by the young and by the old, many times this night, of the nine gods in masquerade.  And it seems to me, that most of these storytellers have only pieces of a greater puzzle.

The masquerade is an ancient custom, they say.  They all say that.  And that part is right. 

It’s the one night when the gods, in disguise, walk among the mortals, they say. 

Ha!

We all know there’s no such things as gods.  Only ancestors, some of whom knew more and better than we do, and some of whom knew less and worse.

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