Mumming as Contested Territory

Halloween ImagesMumming, like Halloween,  is an old tradition filled with images and themes that challenge the basic assumptions of Western culture. Mumming images and practices cut many ways, some deeply uncomfortable, even racist. Yet they also make shockingly apparent the racism and classism inherent in U.S. culture. Newspaper Rock took a look at some of these images in the recent, annual Philadelphia Mummers Parade.

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