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

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

Photographer Charles Fréger visited 18 European countries in search of the mythological figure of the Wild Man. Wilder Mann: the Image of the Savage  explores human fascination with myth, ritual and tradition.

Photographer Charles Fréger visited 18 European countries in search of the mythological figure of the Wild Man. Wilder Mann: the Image of the Savage explores human fascination with myth, ritual and tradition.

The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.

The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.

Each year, on a day soon after New Years and before Lent, the festival of Kukeri is celebrated in Bulgaria. It is a tradition that may date back as far as 4,000 years to the ancient Thracians – and to Dionysus, the Thracian and Greek god associated with wine, fertility, and rebirth. The festival is replete with mystical symbolism, steeped as it is in a tradition representing the cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Each year, on a day soon after New Years and before Lent, the festival of Kukeri is celebrated in Bulgaria. It is a tradition that may date back as far as 4,000 years to the ancient Thracians – and to Dionysus, the Thracian and Greek god associated with wine, fertility, and rebirth. The festival is replete with mystical symbolism, steeped as it is in a tradition representing the cycle of life, death and rebirth.