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The Pagan Wild Men of Europe

Charles FREGER

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

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Европа языческая - Копыта коней моих предков триста лет топтали эту землю...

French photographer Charles Fréger is in search of adventure — adventures in costumery. For his ongoing Wilder Mann portrait series

Charles Fréger visited eighteen European countries in search for the mythological figure named Wild Man. The transformation from man to beast or wild man 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.

Wilder Mann photographer Charles Fréger book explores ancient traditions of tribal Europe

Wilder Mann by Charles Fréger

Charles Fréger, photographer, has been establishing a large series of portraits about several communities in the world.

LEVIATANO

farmwitch: “Charles Freger photographed and travelled through 19 countries to collect this stunning collection of photos of European Pagan Rituals surviving to this day.

Macinula, Cisiec, Poland, 2010   From the series Wilder Mann by Charles Fréger

Charles Fréger’s resulting series, “Wilder Mann” is available in book form, titled “Wilder Mann: The Image of the Savage,” published by Dewi Lewis Publishing - a two-year journey through 18 European countries documenting still-practiced pagan festivals.

Trapajon, Silio, Spagna

Il Wildermann di Charles Fréger in mostra a Roma

French photographer Charles Fréger is in search of adventure — adventures in costumery. For his ongoing Wilder Mann portrait series

Bulgarian bridal headdress.

"Floral Masks Hide The Blushes Of Some Bulgarian Brides" A Bulgarian matrimonial headdress.

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