Photograph by Charles Fréger AUSTRIA Every five years the men of Telfs collect lichen to create Wilder Mann, or Wild Man, costumes for the town’s Carnival festival. Tradition dictates that they nibble on a piece of this lichen before the festivities.
Charles Fréger visited 18 European countries in search of the mythological figure of the wild man. His photobook, Wilder Mann: the Image of the Savage, explores human fascination with myth, ritual and tradition.
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Mamuthones (Nuoro, Italian Sardinia) in traditional carnival costume used for pre-Christian rites to ancient gods of agriculture. The mask is carved in pieces of wild pear wood & darkened alder walnut.