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A result of photographer Charles Freger’s months traveling in Europe researching costumes and customs. “More than actual carnivals or folklore, what I was trying to represent was the community of men. Rather than offer an anthropologists report on these disguises, the idea is to pay homage to the beauty of these living sculptures spawned by rituals that remain vital." In a very civil way, he reminds us of the animal within.

http://www.charlesfreger.com/ 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.”

Still-Practiced Pagan Ritual Costumes: For 2 years French photographer Charles Fréger has been traveling throughout European countries 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.” These traditions date back to neolithic times and shamanism and is still practiced today...

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A result of photographer Charles Freger’s months traveling in Europe researching costumes and customs. “More than actual carnivals or folklore, what I was trying to represent was the community of men. Rather than offer an anthropologists report on these disguises, the idea is to pay homage to the beauty of these living sculptures spawned by rituals that remain vital." In a very civil way, he reminds us of the animal within.

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Charles Freger "Wilder Mann" series - documenting "wild man" costumes of European pagan tribes

Eastern European and European Shaman Rituals Still Practiced Today. Wilder Mann by Charles Fréger

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Charles Fréger, Wilder Mann

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