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Bad Juju Mamma

Sep 1 '14

different-cultures-and-justice:

Submitted by anon

Caretos (meaning “Ugly Faces”) represent demons of Nature linked to fertility rituals. It’s a pre-historic celtic tradition still in place in the region of Bragança in Northern Portugal.

(click on the pictures to see where the caretos are from and for a clearer and fuller view)

With masks made of wood, brass, cork, straw or fabric, and costumes made of traditional colorful quilts, young men run through the village, screaming, playing the chocalhos (bells), playing pranks, trying to steal whine and re-enacting several historic moments, like the roman invasions, the visigothic invasions and the muslim invasions.

The only way to get the Caretos to stop their pranks is by throwing ash at them or getting the Marafonas (Crones) to intervene.

They’re more active around Mardi Gras (Carnaval), and while it’s never been a holiday, it has always been what counts as a bank holiday. Two years ago, when Portugal asked for financial bailout, the Prime-Minister decided to end Carnaval, stating that it’s not even a Portuguese tradition (needless to say he’s from the South). One of his minister apologized on public TV to the people of Bragança that same night, going against the Prime-Minister, but the damaged had already been done.

Then again, with the way the North is treated here, it’s not surprising

Wikipedia 

Pictures from google

Video (music: Foliada de Berbucido by Gallician folk group Milladoiro. Spanish Galicia and Northern Portugal belong to the same ethnic/cultural group)

Aug 28 '14
roquevedzagal:

"The Craft" Photo by: Roqueved Zagal

roquevedzagal:

"The Craft" Photo by: Roqueved Zagal

Aug 23 '14
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Aug 21 '14
sagan-indiana:

In folk-magic and witchcraft, a poppet, also known as Poppits, Moppets, Mommets and Pippies is a doll made to represent a person, for casting spells on that person or to aid that person through magic. They are occasionally found lodged in chimneys. These dolls may be fashioned from such materials as a carved root, grain or corn shafts, a fruit, paper, wax, a potato, clay, branches, or cloth stuffed with herbs with the intent that any actions performed upon the effigy will be transferred to the subject based on sympathetic magic. It was from these European dolls that the myth of Voodoo dolls arose. Poppets are also used as kitchen witch figures.

sagan-indiana:

In folk-magic and witchcraft, a poppet, also known as Poppits, Moppets, Mommets and Pippies is a doll made to represent a person, for casting spells on that person or to aid that person through magic. They are occasionally found lodged in chimneys. These dolls may be fashioned from such materials as a carved root, grain or corn shafts, a fruit, paper, wax, a potato, clay, branches, or cloth stuffed with herbs with the intent that any actions performed upon the effigy will be transferred to the subject based on sympathetic magic. It was from these European dolls that the myth of Voodoo dolls arose. Poppets are also used as kitchen witch figures.

Aug 21 '14

(Source: creepydelusions)

Aug 19 '14
Aug 18 '14
rocketeam:

"Brujas en el aire" by Francisco Goya has got to be one of the most terrifying pieces of art I have ever seen in my life. Observe these three witches floating in darkness eating the flesh of a man while another one walks under them covering himself of the horror that is happening and another man lies on the floor covering his ears from whatever hellish sound emanates from this gruesome scene.

rocketeam:

"Brujas en el aire" by Francisco Goya has got to be one of the most terrifying pieces of art I have ever seen in my life. Observe these three witches floating in darkness eating the flesh of a man while another one walks under them covering himself of the horror that is happening and another man lies on the floor covering his ears from whatever hellish sound emanates from this gruesome scene.

Aug 12 '14

theoddmentemporium:

Madron Clootie Well

A clootie well is a well or spring, usually with a tree growing beside it, with magical healing powers. Back in the day sick or injured people would make pilgrimages to the site and bathe naked in the waters then circumnavigate the well three times before resting on a nearby hill. A strip of cloth would then be torn from their clothes and tied to a nearby tree, the belief being that as the cloth deteriorated so would the ailment.

[Sources: Photos: Mine | Clootie Well | Madron Well]

Aug 6 '14