October 26 - Scary (#PhotoBlog365)

by Björn Roose October. 26, 2019 310 views

Honestly, the themes for today and the upcoming week are not my cup of tea. They are so American, it's painful.

Yes, my American friends, Halloween is "celebrated" on the Old Continent, but it is no more than a very commercial version of what used to be part of our ancient, European culture, a culture which had entirely disappeared by the time Europeans started moving to the newly discovered continent. One needs a microscope to find the remains of Samhain in modern Halloween. Paganism has been replaced by plagiarism.

No doubt that's in a way true for the nowadays Busójárás too, but this tradition in Mohács (Hungary) surely has stayed closer to its origins than Halloween. And it is not commercially spread over the entire world.

Which doesn't mean you can't buy one of the traditional masks (there's still one guy in town who makes them) to take it home. And that's exactly what I did when visiting the city last August ...

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Buster Bruce 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Yes these weird celebrations have morphed and changed from the original (not that the original were any better) but some I just dont like (All hallows eve) being on of them.  This crazy day Halloween is really just the last day before the revered Hallowed Days of Christendom. The commercial entities have made it what it is today in America just as they have commercialized Christmas. Any way your mask fits well!

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Jeco Cossord 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Love it!
You made me reflect on how traditions have been handed down thanks to migratory flows. I look at how many traditions, of different nationalities, resemble each other and have common roots. Here, on the north-eastern border of Italy, we have traditions such as the Krampus, in which we notice the merging of ancient pagan traditions with Christian ones (the oldest masks are very similar to Busójárás). Or the carnival wooden masks called Tomáts, still hand-carved in the small town of Tarcento.

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Björn Roose Replied to Jeco Cossord 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The Busójárás and the Krampus are indeed belonging to the same tradition, which is concentrated on both sides of the Alps.

The tradition, by the way, is nowadays conquering a bit of extra territory in the Netherlands. People celebrating Saint-Nicholas (December 6) have been confronted with "anti-racist" activists who are convinced that Saint-Nicholas's helper Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) is a racist thing, while he is only a modern version of Wodan's Wilde Horde (a group of undead) riding with him (and Saint-Nicholas is none other than a christianised version of Wodan). Since the Krampus is exactly the same (I think that in Switzerland, they are accompagning Saint-Nicholas already), a group of neo-pagans in the Netherlands decided that it might be a good idea to bring the Krampus tradition to the Netherlands. Not a bad idea smile

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Jeco Cossord Replied to Björn Roose 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Wow!  Interesting!  Another card for my personal puzzle of "we are what we were, we will be what we are"!  Thank’s a lot for sharing! 😊

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Björn Roose Replied to Jeco Cossord 1 month, 2 weeks ago

You're welcome smile

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Berckmans Peter 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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Björn Roose Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks. I think smile

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Björn Roose 1 month, 2 weeks ago

You never know with haloweenghost

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