Creative Costumes of Still-Practiced Pagan Rituals of Europe (19 pics)
For two years, French photographer Charles Fréger has been travelling throughout 19 European countries and trying to capture the spirit of what he calls tribal Europe in his Wilder Mann series.
This beautiful and eerie hobby horse is a Mari Lwyd (Gray Mare), the central figure in the Welsh mumming festivals held during Christmas and New Year prior to the 20th century. During the dark evenings small groups went from house to house singing traditional songs and engaging in raucous musical contests with the inhabitants, seeking permission to enter. Though initially denied, the Mari Lwyd was always welcomed in the end.
From the “The Secret Museum of Mankind”. The straw boys are a centuries old tradition in western, rural Ireland. They crash weddings and wakes to sing, dance and commit acts of “buffoonery”. Straw boys continue to crash wedding to this day.