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    For two years, French photographer Charles Fréger has been traveling throughout 19 European countries and trying to capture the spirit of what he calls “tribal Europe” in his “Wilder Mann” series. What he found was a huge array of pagan rituals, mainly related to the winter solstice and spring renewal, focusing on the common myth of the “wild man.”

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    Charles Freger. Wilder Mann Series. Actual pagan costumes and rituals from Europe.

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    Photographer Charles Freger has traveled through 19 European nations to gather pictures of impressive costumes from pagan rituals that have survived to this day. The series, entitled “Wilder Mann,” inspires images of an older, wilder and more tribal Europe filled with wild beasts, bonfires and pagan gods. Website: charlesfreger.com

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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

Charles Freger - Wilder Mann (2010) - A series exploring human fascination with myth, ritual and tradition

Bulgaria - "On New Year’s Day men cover themselves with goatskins to impersonate the Kukeri, who both embody and chase away evil spirits. In the past they’d brush against women to bestow fertility." -National Geographic

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.

Charles Freger - Wilder Mann (2010) - A series exploring human fascination with myth, ritual and tradition

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Wilder Mann 28, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger...

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Кукери (kukeri) 2009 Kukeri is a traditional Bulgarian ritual to scare away evil spirits. (Photo Credit Klearchos via Flickr)