Kukeri of Bulgaria

An ancient Winter ritual from all over Bulgaria, the Kukeri are masked figures who divert the evil eye, and as they dance through villages they also promote fertility and prosperity for the coming year.

So old no one knows when it started, the Kukeri dancers survived the Ottoman empire and Soviet Russia. Read the article and watch the video at the end for a glimpse into this fascinating ritual.

On a personal note, I notice a few similarities in the masks to some Hopi Kachina masks.

 

 

 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/bulgaria/kukeri-survakari-unesco-intangible-cultural-heritage-photos/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=Travel_20190101::rid=1561314797

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