This created fear and the enemy tribe ran away in fear, back to their village and held a special ceremony to ward off the spirits. Another version of this history says the Asaro tribe started their scary mask tradition after a man attended a wedding in a weird way. The man who was said to be unable to afford a suitable wedding attire, bored two holes in a string bag, covered it with mud and also placed the mud on his skin and attended the wedding. He was said to have scared off the guests and this turned into a great plan to scare off enemies. The Asaro tribe was said to have adapted this new mode of dressing whenever they were attacked by an enemy tribe and over the years, they improvised by adding long fingers made with bamboo to have the overall ghostly effect.
While the Asaro tribe might no longer be fighting wars, they still use their scary masks and some people say they use it to scare off spirits. The masks always come with unusual designs but they all look quite scary. Some are made with long or very short ears, horns and sideways mouths.