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    PORTUGAL During Carnival in Lazarim characters called “caretos” parade through the village in hand-carved masks to a bonfire where effigies known as the comadre and compadre are burned. The Wilder Mann series by French photographer Charles Freger. National Geographic.

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    Creative Costumes of Still-Practiced Pagan Rituals of Europe (19 pics) | Bored Panda Photograph by Charles Fréger PORTUGAL During Carnival in Lazarim characters called “caretos” parade through the village in hand-carved masks to a bonfire where effigies known as the comadre and compadre are burned.

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From Bansko in Bulgaria, the masked Babugeiri, dressed in goat skins, hold a procession on 1 January. They originally symbolized fertility. Charles Fréger visited 18 European countries in search of the mythological figure of the Wild Man. His strange and beautiful photobook, Wilder Mann: the Image of the Savage, explores human fascination with myth, ritual and tradition.

The Wilder Mann: The Image of the Savage. French photographer Charles Freger visited rural mountainous farming communities in eighteen European countries to photograph centuries-old rituals where people literally put themselves into the skin of the 'savage.' In celebrations of the seasons, fertility, life, and death, people become a bear, a goat, a stag, a man of straw, or a devil.

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From the Basque country, the Juantramposo, a masquerade performed only by single young men and women, appears on Shrove Tuesday to join a huge procession of other mythical beasts like the Momottxorro (half-man, half-bull). Charles Fréger visited 18 European countries in search of the mythological figure of the Wild Man. His strange and beautiful photobook, Wilder Mann: the Image of the Savage, explores human fascination with myth, ritual and tradition.

The Wilder Mann: The Image of the Savage. French photographer Charles Freger visited rural mountainous farming communities in eighteen European countries to photograph centuries-old rituals where people literally put themselves into the skin of the 'savage.' In celebrations of the seasons, fertility, life, and death, people become a bear, a goat, a stag, a man of straw, or a devil.

from WILDER MANN series by Charles Freger, 2012

Charles Fréger, from the series Wilder-men, 2010

The transformation from man to beast is a key aspect of pagan rituals that celebrate the seasonal cycle, fertility, life and death. Every year throughout Europe from Scotland to Italy and everywhere between people adorn the skin of the 'savage' in masquerades that date back centuries.

Wilder Mann 12, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger...

Ritual outfit--photograph in Wilder Mann Ou La Figure Du Sauvage by Charles Fréger

Wilder Mann 7, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger...