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The Yule Goat by Sakalah The Yule Goat by Sakalah
Edit: I've changed the name from Christmas to Yule.

This mask was made during my second year at Sigtuna Folk High School. It took me 5 weeks of hard work.
The idea for this emerged in early November (2011). You know, around that time when you see gnomes and Santa Clauses absolutely everywhere. Sick and tired of those commercial Christmas icons, I started to ponder if anyone still remembered the times when Christmas wasn't all about money and material happiness.

I've always wanted to make a mask out of papier-mâché, and now I finally found a reason to make one.
The base of the mask is made with plaster strips which is formed like a neatly fitting helmet around my head; covering my nose and cheekbones. After that rather clumsy endeavor with the plaster, I formed the muzzle, horns, and ears with steel net. And on top of that a thick layer of papier-mâché (newspaper strips and glue) stuffed with various pieces of tissue paper and cardboard. I spent at least 2 weeks on that alone.
Once the structure was complete, I painted a layer of plaster mixed with wood glue all over to get a sturdy and water-resistant surface. The horns, face, and eyes was painted with acrylic paint. The eyes got a few layers of glossy transparent nail polish to make them more life-like. The hair is synthetic, except for the beard which is made of wool.
To make it more comfortable to wear this mask without having all the weight resting on my face, I attached two elastic ribbons to the back of the mask and a belt around my waist.

But the purpose of this mask wasn't to be placed in a gallery. I dressed myself up and performed in public!

Watch my performance! :la:
I'm sorry that 99% of the video is in Swedish.

The History of the Yule GoatBefore Santa Claus existed in Scandinavia, the Yule goat handed out
the gifts. The history about the Yule goat is old and is believed
to have its oldest roots in pre-Christian times. The goat made of straw
that adorn our homes around Christmas has its heritage in old Swedish
folk belief. The young woman or man whom harvested, tied together or
brought home the last sheaf of the year from the fields earned a place
of honour next to the master of the homestead by the Christmas dining
table. The last sheaf was believed to bring in the Spirit of Harvest and
its felicific powers, so according to tradition the sheaf was formed
into the shape of a human figure or a goat, which was called
"Stådaren" (no proper translation available, sorry). This
figure was handled with homage and respect to bring a good harvest
upcoming year.
The straw goat has its strongest heritage in Dalsland and
Värmland (provinces in Sweden), where people put the goat on,
next to or underneath the dining table.
<--- In case you want to know more about this goat.
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Given 2012-09-12
The Christmas Goat by *Sakalah a beautifully made mask. ( Suggested by 3wyl and Featured by UnicornReality )
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teamoth Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
I'm speechless :) This is so breathtaking.
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11monar Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist
It looks great, especially the painting on the mask which really looks like short fur.
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DragonScythe Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
A well deserved DD. Nod Not only for the amazing work and detail put into the mask/costume, but how dAmn good you handled the "stay in character"-thing... and all those sweet little baaah's you uttered!! Giggle I LoL'd while watching the video! <3
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RufusReginald Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Filmographer
Phenomenal.
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Aldiinorth Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Pretty, pretty and stylish as well. Did you visit Sigtuna during the holidays by the way?
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Myrling Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god...! I love it! I love you! I LOVE that video!! <3
I'm also infatuated with that old Julbock tradition and made a goat-mask myself in school, but it's not NEARLY as neat as this wonderous creation! :)
Pleeeease tell me that you will perform with this outfit this year too? Gingerbreads for the kids and a remarkable experience for the parents! ;D And maybe a nostalgic feeling for the old folks? ;)
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Elephant-Octopus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Thank you for making and posting very cool! I wish people would take more pride in their unique traditions instead of being so corporate.
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CaptainAirheart Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Ignore that comment, I just noticed the slits on the front, good idea!
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CaptainAirheart Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
This is beautifully made, may I ask how you can see out of it? I've been thinking about making my own goat mask...
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Darkstar1013 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As a multi-media artist. I sometimes do masks and I have to say that this one is exceptional. For your first, it is outrageous. Keep working you have a gift.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Awesome work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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the-new-Shadow Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You'll defenately scare the sh't out of everyone who sees ya :D
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I watched the video, that was pretty awesome. You should do that every year and continue spreading the word about this story and tradition. Such wonderful cultural histories and icons should never be left to fade into lost and distant memory, they should be kept alive. Keep up the awesome work and good luck to you.
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secretsheik Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Plaster mixed with glue? I'll have to try that...
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KraTr-the-LOZ-Raver Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
This is seriously one of the best things I've ever seen...
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Madelonetjj Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey look, it's Loki!

Just kidding. This is way better than him! 8D It's beautiful.
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pk359 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Totally amazing!!!
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ForTheLoveOfxD Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So much thoughts is put in to this, it's wonderful :heart:
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Varethane Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
This is amazing! Is there any way to see out of it while it's on?
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Doxypoo2 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely fantastic job! Bravo!
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machmaste Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Writer
Thats awesome!
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soFLOo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student General Artist
!! where are the eye holes?? :O
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DarthRoden Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
I love that!
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Jessicat715 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Wow, very well done! I read the history of the Christmas Goat and learned something new today! :D Also watched your performance too, looks like you had a fun time~
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HasanG54 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Isn't this Satan?
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Ludicrous1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Nope. Or at least the idea of a goat character giving out gifts during the holidays doesn't seem satanic to me. :/
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HasanG54 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
pff haha, sry but thats just totally it. It is Satanic :D But well, who said Christmas is a Christian holiday ;)
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Myrling Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't find it appropriate to call it "satanic", since the goat has been a symbol for christmas for a very, very long time in Scandinavia. :) And probably existed long before the people there started to believe in God or Satan. :D
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HasanG54 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What does it have to do with Christmas then? :) Christmas may not even be part of christianity. That "Christmas goat" comes directly out of Satanism, why else should it be a goat and not a cat or another animal :D Tell me
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Myrling Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the confusion here might be in the scandinavian word for "christmas". As it says in the title, the name of this goat is "Yule Goat" (different spelling depending on which country). The word "yule" has nothing to do with Jesus or Christianity at all. It was the name of an already existing kind of winter holiday that the scandinavians celebrated, and it was connected to the Norse mythology. Today most people in scandinavia celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the 24(25) december, but the name of the holiday is still "Yule" like it was hundreds of years ago, even though the name has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus at all. XD

Goats wasn't considered bad at all in the old norse mytholoy. Thor had two goats that pulled his carriage for an example. :) But then during the middle ages, Christianity came along and made a big fuss about the devil and such, and a lot of things changed. Like the goat, for example, that turned into a symbol of Satan. :(

But the only thing I wanted to point out was that calling this goat Satanic seemed a bit unfair, considering it wasn't meant to be Satanic or having to do with Christianity at all from the very beginning. ^^ But of course, people might have that opinion anyway. Just like some people still refer to black cats as being Satanic. ^^

I'm sorry for over-explainging this, I just hope to shed some light on the matter and avoid any missunderstandings.
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HasanG54 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
hmm I see. Sry, I only know that goat from Satanism :D So are the Christians celebrating a Satanic Holiday or a Norse Holiday now? Fact is, I think Christmas has nothing to do with Christianity. And it can not be coincidence that all those Holidays are on the same day, right?
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YelZamor Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Reminiscent of the ancient Latvian custom of visiting houses dressed as old pagan gods; goats, haystacks, storks... the odd witch and the devil too. ;)
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Zalcoti Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012   Digital Artist
This is amazing for being paper-mache. It's not heavy, is it?
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Madex103 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Photographer
this looks awesome.. o.o

ps; can anyone tell me where i can get that coat in the photo? :D
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BluSilvrPaladin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very interesting! I'm always for learning about holidays and how they've changed over the years. Any plans for easter? lol
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Squeak-Plomeek Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
This is awesome!!! Well done! I wish we had cool Christmas traditions like this in the U.S.
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Sethian-Motzart Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's called pick them up and bring them in yourself. :D That's what I do! Traditions start because one family does it and then their kids take it when they marry and it keeps going. Most Traditions that started up anywhere where usually picked up by others. Look at 90% of christian holiday traditions which were taken from pagan traditions in an effort to convert more people to Christianity. They were some of the first art thieves.
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BluSilvrPaladin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Unfortunately, something like this would be seen as 'Satanic' by too many Christians that refuse to understand other cultures rather than their own.
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Flyffel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student
Joulupukki, joulupukki~
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Larkynn Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is such an amazing mask! It is just so beautiful. I agree with you that Christmas has gotten so materialistic and weird in a way.
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Last-Verse Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
awesome performance, by the way XD I love the sound!
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Nishikihebi Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A great work! And the performance is nice too :) Génial!


P.S.: "Folk High School"
Milady, I envy you so much for this.
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CFF-studio Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Very lovely. Nice sculpt work.
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GoatShrine Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Can't describe how beautiful this is!
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Lizrath Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
^Very nicely done o3o
are the horns heavy and do they stay still?
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FwooshEye Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Episk! Den är helt underbar! Jag vill också ha en!! :D
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bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional
very nice job
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Vilest Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
That was a very lovely performance! Thank you for sharing that. I wish I could get people excited like that. The whole costume was absolutely gorgeous.
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KyraMcKinley Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Can I ask what fur you used? I'm a fursuit builder and I greatly admire whoever's fur that is ^^
(My fursuit account is :icontwistedterrace: if you care :D)
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