Wow, those are some elaborate masks.
those masks are somewhat unsettling!
Great shots. Looks like a lot of fun.Darryl and Ruth :)
They remind me of some of the characters in Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are."
That's what I was going to say Kathy - now we know "Where the Wild Things Are"! Must have been fun to shoot -
Wild indeed.Hey JM, have you ever put on such a costume?
What faces! It's coming summer here and ... festivals!
@Dina: Me? Never! :-) I saw most of these costumes for the first time yesterday.
So rich, colourful and inventive. I do like the animal skin faces.I have no idea what the origin of this festival is but in Latvia where I come from we had a custom in the old days before the wars, where people would dress up in animal costumes on New Year's Eve to chase the old year out with all it's goblins. It apparently became rather interesting when a real bear joined in . . .
Awesome, I have never seen anything like this!
Julie and I have a lot of masks hanging on the walls of our house, but none of them look like this, and none are from the Iberian peninsula.Regarding your comment on our VivalaVoyage.com site today about the high altitude in the Atacama, the only time I have gotten altitude sickness is when I did not drink enough water on our first day going up high into the Andes.
What a fun start for my day, JM! These are pretty wild! I love your captures! Awesome! Have a lovely evening and a great week ahead!Sylvia
Wow. Very very old traditions, it seems.
That second on is scary.
Looks liken interesting tradition. Love the costumes. :)
The animal masks look a little frightening to me -- is that blood on the aprons/towels in the first one?
@Kay: I guess it's meant to be blood, although I have no idea what's the story behind this.
Why didn't you tell me? I'd have come over. This is fabulous. I love these old traditions.
Some scary masks and horns here... Must be fun! :)God bless you!Cezar
Wonderful to see..
Those are some pretty radical costumes. Some really good captures, i especially like the last one. Looks like he has a fox on his head.Shaun Valleys ShutterBug
Amazing shots. Jose! This looks like some sort of pagan fertility ritual. There is a similar tradition with animal masks in Northern Greece.
Its remains me Carnaval here in nort Spain, greats photos.Greetings.
Excelentes fotografias....Um abraço
They look African, but colder. It would be a bad idea to sell Belgian Delirium Tremens beer near this parade.
Wow! These are great. I would love to see this celebration.
Very interesting and nice fotos.Greetings!
Gostei dos leques coloridos, mas as máscaras, definitivamente não são do meu agrado.
dMaurice Sendak would love these photos!
Brilliant costumes JM, this last one a wee bit scary!!
Superb images from a superb event!
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