Masked figures from the Wilde Jagd

Masked figures from the Wilde Jagd

“Masked figures from the Wilde Jagd (‘Wild Hunt’) Christmas folklore festivity in Salzburg, Austria. These festivities originate through the Perchtenlaufen custom, a period when the fearsome witch Perchta, who envies happily married couples, roams the villages. Processions of horribly masked figures armed with sticks and clubs meet throughout the festivity to chase the witch away.” [via]

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