Making Magic

The varied traditions of mumming throughout Europe (and now here in North America as well) all use masks, costumes and theatre-in-motion to embody the spiritual forces and changes occurring in the land and the community at special, liminal times of year. … More Making Magic

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Perchtenlauf, Eugene, Oregon, New Year’s Eve 2018

This year our Perchtenlauf was revived by one of the original participants from the first one five years ago. We had about a dozen monsters making a ruckus along an expanded route … More Perchtenlauf, Eugene, Oregon, New Year’s Eve 2018

Horn Dance

Just popping in to present this lovely video by Stick in the Wheel of their version of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance. This English tradition in its complete form involves many mumming elements … More Horn Dance

Museums

Because mumming traditions are an integral part of folk culture in many parts of Europe, some costumes and masks have become part of museum collections. … More Museums

Run Boy Run

Woodkid’s self-directed music video for “Run Boy Run” features a host of monsters running alongside a child. They may not technically be mummers, but the costumes clearly evoke traditional mumming costumes, made of moss and animal skulls, and they are definitely in a “lauf” (run) and look scary, even if they are helping the boy on his … More Run Boy Run