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Charles Fréger began a photography project exploring Japan’s masked ritual figures. Yokai, oni, tengu and kappa, which can be translated as ghosts, monsters, ogres and goblins, are ritual figures imagined by man and embodied during festivals and ceremonies as an attempt to tame the elements and find meaning in natural events. Juxtapoz Magazine - Japan's Ritual Ghosts, Monsters, Ogres and Goblins
PFINGSTHL: The tradition of “Pfingsthltäg”, or Greenman’s Day, is still going strong in small enclaves in the hinterlands of rural Germany. After the Pfingshtl parades through the village, children leave sheets of hoof lettuce before the tuere, on which they find “Pfingstbrezel” (Greenman’s Pretzel) in the morning. These strange creatures originated in pagan times and gradually became adopted by the church as part of the celebrations for pentecost, symbolizing spring’s defeat of winter.
Africa | Chief's hat from the Ekonda people of northwestern DR Congo | Vegetal fiber, natural pigments and brass disc | ca. early 1900s | Price on Request