This year’s lauf, like everything else about this year, was markedly different. … More Perchtenlauf, Eugene, Oregon, New Year’s Eve 2020
A year ago, I found a strange little baby doll in a thrift store, dressed in a puffy suit of white fake fur… … More Mummer Doll
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.
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
This time it’s Placebo’s new video for “Jesus’ Son,” filmed on location in Sardinia and featuring stunning Sardinian mummers costumes with shaggy sheepskins, enormous bells and horned masks. According to one entertainment website, “The surreal imagery taps into the song’s spiritual undertones.”
There are so many varied mumming traditions the world over, it’s not surprising that even after years of studying them, I can still find something I never heard of. Today I noticed a short piece at the back of our local newspaper about a festival happening in Spain. It centers around a devil-like creature named … More Jarramplas
Over the years I’ve done a number of small, private mumming processions. Unlike most traditional mumming, these were not aimed at an “audience” of other people, but meant for the gods and spirits. … More Early Mumming Experiences, Eugene Oregon, 2008-2012