Prague, Czech Republic, February 1, 2008—Out of place and time, Italian ox-men—burdened by giant cowbells—and their grotesquely masked masters invoke ancient folklore from the island of Sardinia.The surreal scene was part of Prague’s six-day Bohemian Carnival’s Divertimento Furioso parades, which spotlight traditional costumes and rituals. Other programs celebrate food and fine arts.–National Geographic NewsThese ox-men, the “mamuthones”, who chase away devils and the evil eye with the terrifyng noise of their cow-bells, are typical of the Sardinian Carnival of Mamoiada.– Anthony P. Munoz