MAMUTHONES & ISSOHADORES: The Dressing Ceremony
Each Mamuthones has to be helped by two or more people to put on the costume which is composed of a hand made wodden mask, about 30 kg of iron bells and a sheep/goat skin. The process takes about one hour for each Mamuthones.
Sometimes even the children put on the costumes. Sometimes they parade together with the adults, sometimes in a different group... most of the children will keep up the tradition until they decide to 'hang the bells' when they are older like their fathers/uncles did before them.
A beautiful example of a Mamuthones fully dressed and ready to join the parade... the mask will be put on at the last second.
Mamuthones and Issohadores helping each other to get dressed.
Issohadores in front of the costume (mask + 30kg of iron bells) of a Mamuthones
Each Mamuthone has up to 3 people helping putting the heavy mask on.
Discussing the details of the parade with the locals and the administration.
Taking a rest before going out parading and jumping up and down (like the animals they want to represent) through the street of Mamoiada with 30kg of iron bells on their back.
Everyone is ready. The Issohadores get the final things in place... they will lead the parade and "guide" the "animals" Mamuthones making sure they do not run away.
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MAMUTHONES & ISSOHADORES: The Dressing Ceremony
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Mamuthones and Issohadores are two traditional masks still visible during the ancient pagan Carnival held in the small town of Mamoiada (in the m Read More
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