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. Pagan Costumes, Charles Freger, Pagan Ritual, Wilderness Mann, Ancient Pagan, Wild Man, Photographers Charles, Practice Today, Charles Fréger
Charles Freger - Wilder Mann (2010) - A series exploring human fascination with myth, ritual and tradition
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 Fréger – Wilder Mann
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.