National Geographic : 1936 Aug
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE FRIGHTSOME MASKS AND JANGLING BELLS PUT EVIL SPIRITS TO FLIGHT On Gurgl Glacier, not far from Imst, Professor Auguste Piccard landed in his balloon after his first success ful ascension in 1931. See "Ballooning in the Stratosphere," in THE GEOGRAPHIC for March, 1933. Photographs by Francis C. Fuerst THE LEG OF A ROE WRAPPED IN RUGS IS THE WITCH'S "BABY" Most maskers dance, sing and shout, but some have special responsibilities. This hideous character throws her baby-in-effigy at favored women and girls, retrieving it with a string. The ceremony is sup posed to insure fertility.