Quote from the article that drew my attention, re how women at these rites act:
"Smoking, wanton dancing, flailing about, burping and hiccuping, drinking blood and alcohol, wearing male clothing, publicly threatening men with swords...in the context of a Zar they are common and expected."
The article first appeared in Crescent Moon magazine (July-Aug 1996, p. 9-10). (C)1996 Karol Harding.
It reminded me of how one of the accusations made against witches, including Joan of Arc, was the wearing of men's clothing.