3 thoughts on “Wild Men of Europe

  1. Medeine Ragana

    Of course it’s terrifying! It was meant to be terrifying! 🙂

    The author of the article left out the masked revelers of Lithuania during Kaledos, and of the West African masked men during their harvest festivals in June.

    As a friend recently commented: “Many of these are sympathetic magic. There are many examples of people dressing up to evoke the spirit of an animal, a person, a different time. Arguably, historical re-creation is under that umbrella, as is the dress-up in SF cons, and various fantasy role-playing games. I don’t know if they have a common social or ethnic origin, but they do have a common cause deep in the human psyche. “

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