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19 Wild Costumes From European Pagan Rituals Still Practiced Today | DeMilked

19 Wild Costumes From European Pagan Rituals Still Practiced Today | DeMilked

Los hombres salvajes de Europa - National Geographic

Los hombres salvajes de Europa - National Geographic

1298  Now these are not your average Halloween costumes. 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.”

1298 Now these are not your average Halloween costumes. 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.”

Shaman’s Costume  Late 19th Century to Early 20th Century   Mongolia

Shaman’s Costume Late 19th Century to Early 20th Century Mongolia

Wearing fearsome masks and imposing costumes these fantastical creatures make a terrifying sight. These costumed men are taking part in the ancient ritual of Kukeri at the Surva International Festival of Masquerade Games in the village of Pernik, Bulgaria. Terrifyingly the men - known as Kukeri - enter houses in the village, clanging their bells to ward off evil spirits. Held at the beginning of February, the tradition has its roots in pre-Roman Bulgaria. Pictured here are a father and son…

Wearing fearsome masks and imposing costumes these fantastical creatures make a terrifying sight. These costumed men are taking part in the ancient ritual of Kukeri at the Surva International Festival of Masquerade Games in the village of Pernik, Bulgaria. Terrifyingly the men - known as Kukeri - enter houses in the village, clanging their bells to ward off evil spirits. Held at the beginning of February, the tradition has its roots in pre-Roman Bulgaria. Pictured here are a father and son…

celia-hannes:  Firedancer from the Baining people wearing a ceremonial mask, Gazelle Peninsula of New Britain, Papua New Guinea.  Real photo postcard from the 1910s.

celia-hannes: Firedancer from the Baining people wearing a ceremonial mask, Gazelle Peninsula of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Real photo postcard from the 1910s.

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The Wilder Mann: Images of the Savage (Charles Freger) #art #photography

"The Wilder Mann: Images of the Savage," Photographs by Charles Freger

The Wilder Mann: Images of the Savage (Charles Freger) #art #photography

Whittlesea Straw Bear, Whittlesea, Cambrigeshire (traditional British folk figure). Photo by James Pearson-Howes

Whittlesea Straw Bear, Whittlesea, Cambrigeshire (traditional British folk figure). Photo by James Pearson-Howes

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