“By assuming a mask, everyone can behave like the animal-like characters of comedy. We can commit any sin while remaining innocent, and we are indeed innocent because we laugh. Carnival is the natural theatre in which animals and animal-like beings take over the power and become the masters. … The upside-down world has become the norm.”
— Umberto Eco, Carnival! (Approaches to Semiotics)
Reblogged from Poe's Mistress.