ALICE from the U.S.A. has sent this comment:
I tried to enter a comment about the Bulgarian doll, but was unsuccessful. We visited a small town in Switzerland which has a winter tradition of a procession of men dressed in furry costumes with hideous masks; they have a museum of examples, similar to this Bulgarian doll. I enjoyed your Christmas diorama! Best wishes for the New Year, and I hope you find more additions to your collection. Alice.
(NOTE FROM Carole:)
I also saw a very similar doll to this one in SLOVENIA a few years ago, but unfortunately it was for display only, and not for sale!
I have also been informed that around twenty men dressed in the exact same costume can be seen every New Year's Eve year, dancing in the street in Filmooz, AUSTRIA. They are supposedly scaring away the bad spirits.