Tribal art in the Himalayas is associated with indigenous shamanism, and many of the shamanistic rites have continued alongside the Buddhist and Hindu rituals, after the introduction of these religions into the region. The most characteristic form of tribal art is the wooden masks and figures found in the Western regions of Nepal, especially in the "Middle Hills". In these areas, the local shaman would advice effigies to be made to protect the family house, water springs, bridges, and other strategic points in the life of the local community. Masks were a special feature of certain shamanistic rites and also used in traditional dramas, plays and dances. These are an example of some of the primitive figures and masks that we have in stock.