Škoromati, updated: sept. 2019

Škopiti

 

This mask is the only true descendant of the original medieval Scaramatta mask and the central figure of today's Škoromati. Dark and threatening, he wears a broad cloak made of rabbit skins. The rims of his hood are adorned with bird feathers and to make the whole mask even scarier, Škopiti usually puts a bird of prey or a crow on the hood. The mask wears a broad black cloak and a big chain held together by a big wooden bar which he puts on his back. Behind the chain he puts a bell, lamp, some animal skins and a bird or some other carrion. His face and hands are covered with ashes and in his hands he has a giant clamps with which he produces a constant clamping sound. In addition to this the clamps serve to scare the children and capture young girls. The party sometimes has two Škopiti masks, however, Škopiti is usually represented by only one the tallest, strongest and wildest boy in the village. His task is to scare, threaten and catch as many girls as possible. Their faces are then smeared with ashes.

 

The ash symbolises male potency and the act of smearing is a part of fertility cult with which Škoromati ensure female fertility and with this the survival of the whole community. The name Škopiti derives from the word skopiti (to castrate) since the clamps Škopiti wears were used to castrate animals.

Škoromat with bells

 

The gathers

 

Pepeljuhar

 

The Turk

 

V času turških vpadov na Slovensko se je domačinom lik turka očitno tako prikupil, da se je turek začel pojavljati tudi kot eden od škoromatov.

 

Pogosto je prevzel celo vlogo ženina.

The bride and groom

 

The bear with its master

 

The gipsy couple

 

The clothes man

 

The fat one

 

The green ones

 

The house

 

Music band

 

Other characters