What you understand by 'traditionalism' - the naive reconstruction and reenactment of some ideal space/time (correct me if I don't catch your drift) - may be a means of coping with an alienating and at times hostile environment.
Mystification is a naturally occurring process for human animals. You'd have no sort of culture without it. It isn't inherently evil. May become so if people confine themselves to such a phantasy world of their own so as to no longer be able to communicate/interact with the world at large.
I would think you put what's on display in that photo on a par with 'Orthodoxy in Dixie' and many such-like phenomena. With the risk of shocking some, I would throw in theatres, opera-houses, musea, gay parades, bars, Disneyland, country clubs, hobbit houses, movies and so on, and so on. All of them are attempts at creating pockets of utopia in a grey, old and increasingly bored world. They all filter people according to arbitrary preferences or characteristics.
The radical antidote? A fortnight in the desert. Or a lifetime.
Another interesting thread I won't have time to play in, but I must say this was a great post till the bolded part. If eye rolling were audible the sound would be deafening.
You are an interesting cat Romaios. So far I can't say I am in love with everything you say, but I do like how you say it.
Oh yeah, maybe you mentioned this or I am going to intuit, you are from / around Bucharest? If so, don't take my comment I just made about Bucharest too much to heart in another thread.
EDIT: If you are not at all from Romania can you pretend to be at least from Moldova?