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Masks. Article of Along the River.

winter solstice
masks and costumes
transformation and change
scare off Winter and start spreading some fertility around.
(costumes) embody the spirits of Winter in plays that depict the battle between Winter and Summer
live gargoyles that are supposed to terrify the real demons (or inviding armies)
fertility aspect… phallic symbols… horns… to poke and whip (lightly) women they harass on the street

solsticio de invierno
máscaras y disfraces
transformación y cambio
ahuyentar al invierno y empezar a promover ritos de fertilidad
(los trajes) encarnan los espíritus del invierno en juegos que representan la batalla entre el invierno y el verano
gárgolas vivientes que se suponen aterrorizarán a los demonios reales (o ejércitos invasores)
aspectos de la fertilidad… los símbolos fálicos … los cuernos … para empujar y azotar (ligeramente) las mujeres que acosan en la calle

Wren's Day, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Wren’s Day, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Krampus/”Ugly” Perchten in Austria

Krampus/”Ugly” Perchten in Austria

Kurents in Slovenia

Kurents in Slovenia

Busójárás in Hungary

Busójárás in Hungary

Kukeri in Bulgaria

Kukeri in Bulgaria

Boes (ox) from Ottana, province of Nuoro. Masks called sa carazza 'e boe with the symbol of the Flower of Life.

Boes (ox) from Ottana, province of Nuoro. Masks called sa carazza ‘e boe with the symbol of the Flower of Life.

Sos Mamutzones from Samugheo, province of Oristano.  With trinitos and campaneddas.

Sos Mamutzones from Samugheo, province of Oristano. With trinitos and campaneddas.

Corriolos from Neoneli, province of Oristano.  With horns of Sardinian Deer or Fallow Deer. They follow the sound of a horn arranging in a circle around a fire.

Corriolos from Neoneli, province of Oristano. With horns of Sardinian Deer or Fallow Deer. They follow the sound of a horn arranging in a circle around a fire.

Slovenia

Slovenia

Su Bundu from Orani in Sardinia

Su Bundu from Orani in Sardinia

Austrain

Austrain

Austrain from Salzburg

Austrain from Salzburg

Krampus

Krampus

Silvesterklausen, Switzerland (photo credit Ruth Bernegger, via fotocommunity.de)

Silvesterklausen, Switzerland (photo credit Ruth Bernegger, via fotocommunity.de)

Perchta made of holly leaves

Perchta made of holly leaves

Busó, Mohács, Hungary. © Charles Fréger

Busó, Mohács, Hungary. © Charles Fréger

SILVESTERCHLAUSEN.

SILVESTERCHLAUSEN.

Smultronstället

Smultronstället

Sardinian rites

Sardinian rites

Urthu from Sardinia

Urthu from Sardinia

Is Cerbus

Is Cerbus

Oso de Salcedo. Galicia.

Oso de Salcedo. Galicia.

Maskingannas from Busachi (province of Oristano). Sardinian tradition.

Maskingannas from Busachi (province of Oristano). Sardinian tradition.

Straw bears from Heldra, Germany

Straw bears from Heldra, Germany

Careto de Grijo de Parada, Bragança, Portugal.

Careto de Grijo de Parada, Bragança, Portugal.

Vijanera de Silió, Cantábria

Vijanera de Silió, Cantábria

Cucurrumachos del carnaval de Navalosa AVILA

Cucurrumachos del carnaval de Navalosa AVILA

Carantoñas de Acehúche (Cáceres, Extremadura, España)

Carantoñas de Acehúche (Cáceres, Extremadura, España)

Antruejo, Spain.

Antruejo, Spain.

Gallina Palpahuevos, Guadalajara, Spain.

Gallina Palpahuevos, Guadalajara, Spain.

Jarramplas, el Piornal. Extremadura. Spain.

Jarramplas, el Piornal. Extremadura. Spain.

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