Mask of Satan
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The Mask of Satan
Type: Torture device
Availability: Unique item
Manufacturer: Holy Inquisition
Owners: Prince Vajda I; Asa Vajda; Igor Javutich
1st appearance: Black Sunday (1960)
Mask of Satan

The Mask of Satan was a ritualistic torture device used by members of the Holy Inquisition during the 16th-18th centuries. The outer layer of the mask, forged out of bronze, was designed to evoke the image of Satan while the interior of the mask was fitted with nails with which the Inquisitor would hammer the mask onto an individual's face, permanently affixing it to their victim. The Mask of Satan was used as a form of punishment against those guilty of practicing witchcraft or Satanism.

One example of its use took place in the country of Moldavia in the late 1600s. Grand Inquisitor Prince Vajda I sentenced his own sister Asa Vajda and her accomplice Igor Javutich to death for the practice of witchcraft. The Mask of Satan was nailed to their faces and they were burned at the stake. Despite her crimes, Asa Vajda was buried in a coffin in the tomb of her ancestors. Her casket was built with a glass window exposing the Mask of Satan so that all who looked upon it would know of Asa's crimes.

Two-hundred years later, two scientists named Thomas Kruvajan and Andre Gorobec discovered Asa's tomb and removed the mask. They were startled to discover that her remains were still perfectly preserved after all this time. The only evidence of her past were the scars on her face from where the mask had been nailed into place. Whether her corporeal preservation was connected to the mask or not is unknown. Princess Asa was resurrected and used her power to revive Igor Javutich. Javutich crawled his way out of his unmarked grave, still bearing the mask he had been buried with two centuries prior.

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • The prop used for the Mask of Satan was sculpted from bronze by Eugenio Bava, father of director Mario Bava. [1]

References Edit

  1. Tim Lucas; Black Sunday; DVD audio commentary; 1999

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