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
The UK just released a set of stamps called “Curious Customs” which celebrates British annual celebrations and folk customs … More Curious Customs
Discovered this artist, Ben Edge, who specializes in folkloric themes (with lots of mumming!) … More Ben Edge
Once more, this past New Year’s Eve, we laufed throughout the city – a group of about nine monsters of various, mostly traditional types (including our very first Schnabelpercht!). … More Perchtenlauf, Eugene, Oregon, New Year’s Eve 2019
Yet in recent years the Krampus has developed to become an altogether very modern bogeyman, with a rising number of complaints about the demons acting in a drunkenly and disorderly fashion … More Krampus “gone rogue”
By Our Selves retraces John Clare’s journey on foot from Epping Forest up into Northamptonshire. The film will feature Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore, Toby Jones and a Straw Bear. … More Straw Bear on a Walk
Fantastic mumming illustration by tattoo artist Mike Moses.
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