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The Bellman

Fantasy character inspired by a folk custom still maintained in Croatia. In the pagan tradition the Bellmen (Zvončari) dress up in sheep skin and large masks, fully fabricated or out of big animal sculls, to scare away evil spirits of winter. They carried a balta (axe) and bačuka (stilized mace) in their hands and wore large bells around their waist. The leader had peacock feathers on his head.