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    • Ka Na

      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:

    • Dave Olsher 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

    • Morgan Fay

      Photo Series: Wilder Mann, a study of the costumes used in pagan rituals still practiced today in Europe, by Charles Fréger

    • Shawn Bolvi-Singleton

      For two years, French photographer Charles Fréger has been travelling throughout 19 European countries and trying to capture the spirit of what he calls tribal Europe in his Wilder Mann series.

    • Lost in Muses with Leroy Mofo

      Music for Wilder Mann . Unpublished work of music and inspired by the work of French photographer Charles Fréger " Wilder Mann "(Wild Man).

    • Corinne Geney

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

    • Baptiste Pilato

      Wildermann - Charles Fréger

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