Masks From The "Wilde Jagd"

These horrifying masks aren't from Halloween, they're actually worn as part of a Christmas festivity called Wilde Jagd which is celebrated in parts of Europe.

Here's more on this fascinating festival:

These festivities originate through the Perchtenlaufen custom, a period when the fearsome witch Perchta, who envies happily married couples, roams the villages. Processions of horribly masked figures armed with sticks and clubs meet throughout the festivity to chase the witch away.


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