Mythic Rituals & Ancient Cultures

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Leaping Bobo Bush mask dancer-Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher (please do not…

Leaping Bobo Bush mask dancer by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

Africa | Leaping Bobo Bush mask dancer. Burkina Faso | ©Carol Beckwith Angela Fisher

Malagan pig mask -New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

Malagan pig mask -New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

Langania village, Tantanua dance (mask dance). At dawn, masked warriors come out from the sea. They guard the bearer of a heavy, towering mask whose spirit purifies the graveyard and Malagan house for the public ceremony. The Malangan is a kind of wooden totem that belongs to the chief of the clan or the village. The chief has to be beaten to blood with lime stones to show his bravery, and to deserve to have the Malangan. © Eric Lafforgue www.ericlafforgue.com

Dating back from pagan times, Bulgarians have an ancient tradition called Surva. People wear scary costumes with brass… by rossenpavlov

Surva: Chasing Off The Bad Spirits — Steemit

Dating back from pagan times, Bulgarians have an ancient tradition called Surva. People wear scary costumes with brass… by rossenpavlov

Carved wooden carnival masks from the village of Lazarim in northern Portugal…

Máscaras de la Vijanera de Silió, Molledo, Cantabria 2014.

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Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies St. Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children.

Krampus as Counselor

Today is Krampus Day in Austria, a day when this ancient monster returns to the community to frighten people into being good (his sidekick: St. Nicholus!) Krampus–a large, hairy, horned monster dragging chains, flailing clubs–enters festivals all over the nation to great crowd-shrieks, pretending to whip and beat people. Like a running-of-the-bulls, bystanders take great delight in fleeing the monsters. When I lived in Austria I absolutely fell in love with Krampus! It may seem strange but…

Asaro tribal warrior in mud & pig's faces at Mount Hagen Sing-Sing, Papua New Guinea

The Asaro Mudmen of Papua New Guinea have some terrifying masks

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mask of Sardinia - Sos Merdules Bezzos foto: Franco Sanguinetti

Sos Merdules Bezzos, mask of Sardinia.

Mamuthone - Mask of Sardinia

Mamuthones maschera tradizionale di #Mamoiada #Sardegna Mamuthones traditional mask of #Mamoiada #Sardinia #Italy

Europe’s Wild Men - Zezengorri, Basque Country, Spain. The Zezengorri is the guardian of caves and chasms who comes out every second weekend of February for the region's carnival.

The Bizarre, Eye-Popping Costumes of Europe's Wild Men

Zezengorri, Basque Country, Spain. The Zezengorri is the guardian of caves and chasms who comes out every second weekend of February for the region's carnival. Photo: Charles Fréger

Carnaval at Laconi, Sardinia, Italy

Su Corongiaiu di Laconi

Laconi (OR) - 2° edizione di "Segaripezza", sfilata delle maschere tradizionali della Sardegna

Photo about Masquerade feast in Pernik, Bulgaria. Image of kukeri, mask, babugeri - 4166812

Kukeri stock photo. Image of kukeri, mask, babugeri, bulgaria - 4166812

Kuker mask - Bulgaria - proof Link's Kukeri from Zelda are Bulgarian ;)

Dancing Skeleton costume, Tibet, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

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“Dancing Skeleton costume, Tibet, c.1919, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh via @Irr_Anatomist #FolkloreThursday”

traditional Carnival in Sadali : S'Urtzu e su Pirimpimponi

S'Urtzu e su Pirimpimponi di Sadali

Sestu (CA): kranovali Sestesu "Ariseu e Oi" - Rassegna di maschere tradizionali

'Wilder Mann' series by Charles Freger. Pagan rituals of Europe.

Traditional & Ceremonial Pagan Costumes of Europe

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Photographer Charles Freger traveled through 19 European countries photographing costumes used in ancient pagan rituals that are still pr.

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Careto de Lazarim, from Wilder Mann, Charles Fréger

Wilder Mann