• In Roberto de la Torre's Documentary Photos, Yearly Masking Rituals Celebrate the Change of the Seasons

    9 days ago - By Colossal

    Boteiros, Viana del Bollo, Spain. All images © Roberto de la Torre, shared with permission
    In regions throughout Europe, ancient religions often welcomed solstices and equinoxes by crafting elaborate garments that evoked different points in the agricultural cycle. Bulky suits of fur and hide might reference the slow movements of winter's dormancy, while the straw dresses associated with the Tafarrón festival ask for fertility in the coming year. More vibrant iterations with patterns and towering headdresses are known as boteiros , or the centuries-old garments associated with the entroido...
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