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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

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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.

: 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

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

“guardian: 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 ”

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

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Wilder Mann photographer Charles Fréger book explores ancient traditions of…

Wilder Mann 56, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Day Charles Fréger's Wilder Mann and rituals away from the shores of albion - A Year In The Country

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Charles Fréger / wilder Mann serie, 2010

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