Yannick Cormier

A man dresses as the goddess Kali to bless the people of the village. 

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Qunhulahl Qagyuhl / Cowichan / Koskimo / Hamasilahl Qagyuh / Hami / Nane (Edward S. Curtis, c. 1913)

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Woman of Agadez

Photo: Emilie Chaix

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Igbo Masqueraders :: Nigeria

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An other look at Michoacan…Los Diablos de Tocuaro, Michoacan, Mexico (Ceremonial masks and costumes by Felipe Horta)

Photography © Florence Leyret Jeune

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Crown for an effigy of Mahākāla, a figure/deity in both Buddhism and Hinduism.

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"Big" Shaman’s Headdress


The Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography

"This headdress of a “big” Evenk shaman (avun) made of steel was part of a full ritual costume worn by a shaman for very important rites and rituals. The structure of this headdress reflects its symbolic meaning and contains an archaic image of the model of the Universe. The hoop embodies the concept of the closed space of the world of people and solid earth. Two crossing arcs symbolize the parts of the world and the seasons. The cosmic vertical that reflects the sacral center of the Universe is embodied in the horns of the mythical deer that stands for the sun in the mythical beliefs of the peoples of northern Asia. The deer was one of the main characters in the myth about the celestial hunt and embodied the archaic concepts of the day and night and the cosmic order. The horns also symbolized the sacred deer – the helper spirit of the shaman, his draft animal that he rode to travel to other worlds. Long cloth ribbons embody snakes and lizards, the shaman’s powerful helpers that accompany him in his “travels” to the lower world. They also symbolize the sacred birch – the totem tree of the shaman. It is also associated with the World Tree that symbolizes the Universe as a whole and Axis mundi – the cosmic axis connecting the spheres of the Universe. Such ritual headdresses were conditionally referred to as “crowns”."

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Rangda is the demon Queen of the leyaks in Bali, according to traditional Balinese mythology. Terrifying to behold, the child-eating Rangda leads an army of evil witches against the leader of the forces of good Barong. The battle between Barong and Rangda is featured in a Barong dance which represents the eternal battle between good and evil. Rangda is a term in old Javanese that means: ‘widow’.

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An impressive image of Nuhlimahla. It was taken in 1914 by Edward S. Curtis. The image shows a person wearing ceremonial mask of the Nuhlimahla during the during the Winter Dance ceremony. These characters impersonated fools and were noted for their devotion to filth and disorder. 

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Marcus Leatherdale

"Strawman 2 - Muria", 2000, from 'Adivasi'

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Bele Poklade

Poklade is the Serbian name of the last day on which it’s allowed to eat meat and milk products before spring fasting (40 days before Easter) Great festivites are made on this day, and young men dress up in masks and go through the village, while villagers  give them meat, cakes and eggs (which were very valued gifts in the last century in Serbian villages), and later jumped over fire. The point of these celebrations is the whorshipment of spring and driving away the evil spirits. It’s rarely practiced today, and these pictures are from 2011 from village Lozovik where young boys and girls with the help of their teachers decided to revive this custom which has roots deep in the pagan times.    

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インドで「新石器時代から伝わる」祭り『ティヤム』の装束が見たら忘れられないインパクト | DDN JAPAN

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