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Carnival Bats of Trinidad and Tobago
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Carnival Bats

Those who played bat mas long enough acquired the reputation of beginning to resemble the animal. Bats dress in a tightly fitting black or brown costume with a headpiece made from swans down and papier mache which completely covers the head. The mouth is used for vision and occasionally the mask is lifted for a breath of air. The wings with a wingspan from 12-15 feet are made from wire or bamboo and covered with the same skin tight material worn on the body. Claws are attached to shoes, gloves on the hands. Great pride is taken in doing the bat dance or mime, crawling, dancing on the toes, flapping and folding the wings.
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