National Geographic : 1936 Aug
Photographs byFrancis C.Fuerst BEFORE AND AFTER! HAVING EXCHANGED HER BROOM FOR A BURRO, THE WITCH-MOTHER GLOWERS ATONLOOKERS In ancient times the people of Imst believed that such grotesque figures caused evil winter weather and controlled the fertility ofNature and Man. Witch masks, carved from wood, are painted as ugly as possible, with goggle eyes, fanglike teeth, and pigs' bristles for beards. By wearing themasks, theparticipants inthe festival are supposed to assume the powers of the demons.