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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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    The Wilder Mann: Images of the Savage (Charles Freger) #art #photography

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    Charles Fréger - Caretos, Lazarim, Portugal | From a unique collection of color photography at http://www.1stdibs.com/art/photography/color-photography/

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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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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 Charles Fréger's amazing "Wilder Mann"...i thought this was a mock cultural anthropology art project at first, but these are all real, traditional get-ups for european festivals, etc...fantastically creative and creepy

Babugeri, from the Wilder Mann series Charles Freger (2010)