Alice in Wonderland inspired photo of girl with large tea cup on her head Photo by Lissy Elle

Photo: Lissy Elle Laricchia “Have I gone mad?” said the Mad Hatter… “I’m afraid so”, said Alice, “You’re entirely bonkers… but I’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are.

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French photographer Charles Fréger captures the spirit of what he calls “tribal Europe” in his “Wilder Mann” series : a huge array of pagan rituals, mainly related to the winter solstice and spring renewal

: Charles Fréger was fascinated by what the human race lost over the millenniums when it evolved from hunter-gather to farmer and, eventually, urban dweller. After learning that there were Europeans who continued ancient pagan rites of celebrating the winter solstice and the beginning of spring, he set out to examine what traditions faded as people became more civilized.

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

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The festival started sometime between 1716 and 1735 and was celebration that coincided with Kurosuke Inari festival at the Yoshiwara Shrine. The courtesans as well as patrons would wear fox masks and.

Nigerian Yaruba dressed as voodoo spirits perform during a voodoo ceremony in Ouidah, Benin. Each spirit represents the reincarnation of a dead member of the Nigerian Nagu clan Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Benin voodoo festival - in pictures

Benin's Mysterious Voodoo Religion Is Celebrated In Its Annual Festival Nigerian Yaruba dressed as voodoo spirits perform during a voodoo ceremony in Ouidah, Benin. Each spirit represents the reincarnation of a dead member of the Nigerian Nagu clan.

Charles Freger Wilder Mann

Charles Fréger / wilder Mann serie, 2010 19 Wild Costumes From European Pagan Rituals Still Practiced Today

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