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mamuthone di mamoiada (sardinia)

Mamuthone of Mamoiada, Sardinia. The Mamuthones is a typical mask of the Carnival of Mamoiada in Sardinia. The Mamuthones proceed weary and silent, like slaves in chains in the procession.

French photographer Charles Fréger has been traveling throughout 19 European countries and trying to capture the spirit of what he calls “tribal Europe” in his “Wilder Mann” series

Christmas tree costume French photographer Charles Fréger has been traveling throughout 19 European countries and trying to capture the spirit of what he calls “tribal Europe” in his “Wilder Mann” series

THE ARMAGH MUMMERS. Ireland

Costumed musical performers called "Mummers" or "Soulers" go house to house begging for food donations called "soul cakes" in exchange for prayers on All Souls Day - where the tradition of Trick-or-Treating began. The Armagh Mummers, Ireland

Stanton Green Man: There are 4 carvings on this cupboard door at Stanton in the Cotswolds. Two are Green Men, in profile, two are Green animals.

Stanton Green Man carving on a cupboard door at Stanton in the Cotswolds.

Boteiro del entroido de Viana do Bolo, Ourense by carlos gonzález ximénez, via Flickr

Boteiro del entroido de Viana do Bolo, Ourense by carlos gonzález ximénez, via…

'Green Man' by Ian MacCulloch

Jardine Gallery - Ian MacCulloch Illustration and Printmaking

Abingdon Morris Dancers circa 1910

Abingdon Morris Dancers circa 1910 Donna, I miss your comments !

This time of year isn't always about Santa and Elves. Krampus, in Tyrol also called Tuifl, is a demon-like creature represented by a fearsome, hand-carved wooden mask with animal horns, a suit made from sheep or goat skin and large cow bells attached to the waist that the wearer rings by running or shaking his hips up and down. Krampus has been a part of Central European, alpine folklore going back since the 17th-century.

Eastern European winter festival, Bulgerian kukeri, or mummers.

The Mari Lwyd with the leader of the mummers, who was traditionally top-hatted and dressed in funereal black.

"Sianco’r Castell and the Llangynnwyd Mari Lwyd". The photo shows the leader of the 'Mari Lwyd' mummers, who was traditionally top-hatted and dressed in funereal black.

Woodwose detail from "The Green Man" by Paul Bommer

'The Green Man' screen print, detail (Woodwose/ Wodewose/ Wildman)

Straw Craft Ireland made these straw boy outfits for a german mummers group. These costumes are definitely the pinnacle of Irish straw craft. In Ireland, these costumes were popular on St Stephens Day, with the Wren boys.

Straw Craft Ireland made these straw boy outfits for a german mummers group. These costumes are definitely the pinnacle of Irish straw craft. In Ireland, these costumes were popular on St Stephens Day, with the Wren boys.

This beautiful and eerie hobby horse is a Mari Lwyd (Gray Mare), the central figure in the Welsh mumming festivals held during Christmas and New Year prior to the 20th century. During the dark evenings small groups went from house to house singing traditional songs and engaging in raucous musical contests with the inhabitants, seeking permission to enter. Though initially denied, the Mari Lwyd was always welcomed in the end.

© Horniman Museum and Gardens object number photo by Heini Schneebeli.

From the “The Secret Museum of Mankind”. The straw boys are a centuries old tradition in western, rural Ireland. They crash weddings and wakes to sing, dance and commit acts of “buffoonery”. Straw boys continue to crash wedding to this day.

The Notorious Straw Boys. During the Cent Sections of Ireland were overrun by Terrorist Gangs. Through the Mask they could see everything without being recognized and dressing as a Woman added to their grotesque appearance

Morris dancers.

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, a type of Morris Dance. The Horn Dance takes place in Staffordshire, England on Wakes Monday which is after Wakes Sunday, the first Sunday after 4 September.