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  • Corinne Geney

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

  • Oliver J. Hunt

    Ancient Pagan Ritual Still Being Practiced Today

  • Mánadís Sefia

    Now these are not your average Halloween costumes. 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.”

  • Alison Reid

    Photographer Captures Surreal Pagan Rituals Still Practiced Today :Charles Fréger From the series Wilder Mann Chaushi, Razlog, Bulgaria, 2010-2011 Inkjet Print © Charles Fréger, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

  • katti katz

    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:

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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

photograph by Charles Freger - thank you Charles the world would be a poorer place without this pic

Bizarre Tribal Costumes From European Pagan Rituals Still Practiced Today -

Pagan European costume

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

Wilder Mann 76, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger...

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.

from Charles Freger's Wilder Mann series... From NYT Lens blog: Charles Fréger was fascinated by what the human race lost over the millenniums when it evolved from hunter-gather to farmer and, eventually, urban dweller. After learning that there were Europeans who continued ancient pagan rites of celebrating the winter solstice and the beginning of spring, he set out to examine what traditions faded as people became more civilized.