The Hannya Mask

The actual term Hannya, is a Japanese term derived from the Sanskrit word Prajna, meaning Wisdom. There are many believed reasons for why the the mask was named the Hannya Mask. The most common of these reasons is that the mask was given this name to honor it’s creator and artist, a monk named Hannya-bo. The mask is also said to have this name because it required a great deal of discipline, mindfulness and wisdom to carve and create.

 

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