There are many celebrations which mark the arrival of winter that take place using materials to create the costumes. Such as the incorporation of animal pelts, branches from trees, horns and bells into the costumes.
Although they may share similar appearances, the story behind each living piece of folklore varies from country and location. Many of these celebrations often involve a human masquerading as an animal:
The images below area gathered from photographer Charles Fréger while on his travels, reveal mythological “monsters” such as ogres and demons menacingly blending into landscapes, fields and the water or wielding machetes
Many of Fréger’s images are scary monsters and mythical entities taken in Italy, Czechoslovakia, Finland and Japan as well as other destinations that celebrate the coming of winter and other seasonal changes with characters way more interesting than Santa.
Take a look at the interesting images below before you decide to throw out that Santa outfit:
No.2 – Slovenia
No. 3 – Portugal
N0.7- ‘Festival of Bears,’ France.
No.11- ‘Krampus’ costume, Austria…..he looks a bit cramped all right.
No.15- Northern Ireland…..at least he’s pointing in the right direction.
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