SWISS WOOD MASK
from Lotschental, Switzerland
The masked carnival figures typical in the
Lötschental, the so-called Tschäggättä,
appear in the period between the Catholic
holiday of Candlemass and Shrove Tuesday
(the day before Ash Wednesday). Every evening
after work these wild-looking figures streak
through the valley and hunt down and frighten
anyone who is still out on the streets.
The Tschäggättä wear old clothes outside-in, with
the fur facing outwards; they also carry two
sheep or goatskins held in place around the
loins by a leather belt on which a cow bell
('Trichla') usually hangs.