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Tschäggättä mask from Switzerland

Q:  Bob, would you know where I might be able to buy a Tschaggatta mask? Thanks, Bjorn   1078

A:  I found this picture on the internet. Located in the Lötschental Valley of Switzerland,  the Tschäggättä is probably one of the oddest carnivals there is. When night falls, the oversized masked figures rampage through streets in various villages between the Catholic holiday of Candlemass and Shrove Tuesday. They are not organized in groups and appear unexpectedly as they please. The spectacular and frightening Tschaggatta chase children and spectators alike, and toss soot at unsuspecting victims. A

Bjorn, Ask the Maskman is a free service where I try to identify a strange mask and perhaps stimulate some discussion about it. I do not get involved in buying, selling or appraising on this blog.

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