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Ritual masks of Lazarim - North of Portugal

Ritual masks of Lazarim - North of Portugal - Masks can be odd, but what if they predate modern Europe? These ancient masks can be seen during the Carnival in Lazarim. From Saturday to Tuesday the people of Lazarim take to the streets adorned in ancient masks. The masks are result of a meticulous work by artisans and local people, made by hand. On Carnival day the gossips and cronies don their masks carved from alder wood and costumes, hiding one’s identity and carrying the ancestral rivalry game between the genders. A reading of wills, foretelling the death of the godfather and godmother in a burst of fire is included. The carnival ends with a feast of feijoada and chicken broth25C6018500000578-2958581-image-a-111_1424269266472


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