“BULGARIA: On New Year’s Day men cover themselves with goatskins to impersonate the Kukeri, who both embody and chase away evil spirits. In the past they’d brush against women to bestow fertility.”
From a series of photos by Charles Fréger in National Geographic: “Europe’s Wild Men: They dress in bear heads and bells, and behave like beasts.”
Well this is just grand.
One of my favorite pieces of publishers’ marketing swag: bookbag artwork by Ernest Shepard, the original illustrator of Winnie-the-Pooh BD (before Disney). In this droll piece Winnie, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Owl and Rabbitt are pictured defending England against fierce Norman invaders in the style of the Bayeaux Tapestry. I’ve researched this, and have not found this reproduced anywhere else.