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
Two photographs of modern mummers decked out in costumes made of straw. … More Straw
The magical fairy-tale world of Alexandra Dvornikova includes some familiar mummers and other masked folk.
The surreal, fantastical paintings of El Gato Chimney sometimes feature strange and compelling mumming figures. … More El Gato Chimney
I will always have a special place in my heart for Dead Can Dance, for their music was the soundtrack to most of my early ritual experiences. They recently released an entire album dedicated to Dionysos, so that’s another reason to love them. … More Mumming for an Invocation
Flipping through the February 2019 edition of National Geographic magazine, was delighted to come across the article “Rituals of Spirited Rebellion” by Jacqueline Charles, about Carnival celebrations in the Caribbean and Latin America. … More Rituals of Spirited Rebellion
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
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