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Aboriginal snake ceremony

Leaves being attached for headdress

Building up the headdress

Base of headdress completed

Many hands attaching seeds to the snake dancer

Blood being painted on snake dancer

Ochre and kangaroo fat being applied to the snake dancer

Headdress

Front view of snake dancer

Side view of snake dancer

Snake dancer covered in seeds

Screenshots from Adventure – Quest under Capricorn – 1. Desert Gods of a snake ceremony.

This is a David Attenborough series from 1963 which I recommend watching.

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Wilder Mann by Charles Fréger

Wilder Mann 14, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 52, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 53, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 66, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 68, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 72, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 73, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 77, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann, 2010 © Charles Fréger – www.charlesfreger.com

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Sanxingdui 三星堆

Sanxingdui bronze mask

https://picasaweb.google.com/116512474184071531500/SanxingduiGallery2BronzeGallery

Sanxingdui bronze mask

https://picasaweb.google.com/116512474184071531500/SanxingduiGallery2BronzeGallery

Sanxingdui bronze mask with protruding pupils

Sanxingdui bronze mask with protruding pupils

https://picasaweb.google.com/116512474184071531500/SanxingduiGallery2BronzeGallery

Sanxingdui flanged bronze mask with protruding pupils

Sanxingdui flanged bronze mask with protruding pupils

https://picasaweb.google.com/116512474184071531500/SanxingduiGallery2BronzeGallery

Sanxingdui bronze mask

http://www.chinavtour.com/china/tours/photos/227

Sanxingdui gold mask

http://english.china.com/zh_cn/culture_history/news/11020710/20080730/14998770.html

Bronze kneeling figure in Sanxingdui Museum

Bronze kneeling figure in Sanxingdui Museum – http://www.chinatourguide.com/chengdu/sanxingdui_museum.html

Jade Sculpture Peeking Dragon Sanxingdui Jade MaskJade Sculpture Peeking Dragon Sanxingdui Jade Mask

http://www.amazon.com/Jade-Sculpture-Peeking-Dragon-Sanxingdui/dp/B002UH1X48

Many extensive photo galleries of Chinese art by Gary Todd here.

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Pomak Brides

 As far as the bride’s white face is concerned, Ribnovo locals have their own legend: In earlier times boys would go with their fathers into the mountains to herd sheep, only returning to the village when they were ready to get married. Since this rough lifestyle afforded them only minimal experience with women, they somehow had to learn to be gentle. Thus, the groom’s first task after the wedding – then as now – is to carefully wash his wife’s face with milk.

http://www.pomak.eu/en/content/pomak-wedding-celebration-ribnovo

All images above © Boryana Katsarova found at http://photos.caixin.com/2012-10-09/100445040_1.html

© Boryana Katsarova via pinterest

© Boryana Katsarova via steg

Final touches to the image of the Bulgarian ethnic group of the bride Pomaks. (Valentina Petrova - AFP : Getty Images)

This picture taken on October 30, 2009, shows Silvia Bakalova, a Bulgarian Muslim bride from the Pomak ethnic group, attended to by unidentified guests during her wedding ceremony in the village of Draginovo, 100 kms southeast of Sofia. During the Communist regime religious rituals were not tolerated, and Muslims were forced to integrate into Bulgaria's largely Christian Orthodox population, pressing them to abandon their religious rituals or from wearing their traditional outfits. Despite the persecutions Bulgarian speaking Muslims in southern Bulgaria have managed to keep their winter marriage ceremony alive. AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV (Photo credit should read NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Found at http://www.chariweb.com/2012/03/color-wedding-ceremonies-of-world.html

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Ritual pottery from Togo and Benin

vodunpotlissaensakpata

vodunpotsakpata1

mamiwata

vodunmaleancestora

vodunfemaleancestor

androgynouslegba

vodunpotdanaidohwedo1

legba3

vodunsakpataancestors

vodunaltar

vodunpot

androgynouslegba1

legba1

vosa-gba

legba2

http://www.artemagica.nl/Ritueelaardewerk?language=English

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Mesopotamian female figurine

Iraq Tell Asmar, Trench DUr III Isin-Larsa Period ca. 2100-1800 BCBaked clay16.5 cm H 6.2 cm Wbroad flat hips large&elaborately incised pubic triangle prominent breasts diskshaped nipples

costume mask

Su su mask

susumask3

susumask

susumask2

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Initiation ceremony of a girl in Ticuna society

The Tropen Museum in Amsterdam is a really good visit if you are ever that way. I took a zillion photos, more later…

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‘Obby ‘Oss

Cornish May Day celebration with the ‘Obby ‘Oss! From the BBC

 ”The ‘Obby Oss’ looks like a big black caped animal – thought to represent a stallion – with a strange mask and snapping jaws. The Pagan dance and the rhythm of the drum is quite hypnotic.

The ‘Obby Oss’ is led on by a ‘Teaser’ who dances around the ‘Oss’ and prods him with a special padded stick. On its route the ‘Oss sometimes drags women and girls under its dark costume in quite a graphic attempt to portray a fertility rite. It used to be said that “if you were caught beneath the veil that you would be pregnant within the year”.

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Tibetan shaman ritual

I tried making some dough sculptures before, but it was never as squidgey and good as these. Screencaps from the bbc programme, A Year In Tibet. You can still watch the whole thing here.

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