Bored Panda works better on our iPhone app
Continue in app Continue in browser

ADVERTISEMENT
BoredPanda Add post form topAdd Post Search
Tooltip close

The Bored Panda iOS app is live! Fight boredom with iPhones and iPads here.

Creative Costumes of Still-Practiced Pagan Rituals of Europe (19 pics)
User submission
106.2K

Creative Costumes of Still-Practiced Pagan Rituals of Europe (19 pics)

ADVERTISEMENT

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.”

It appears that the tradition of men dressing up as wild animals and monsters, which dates back to neolithic times and shamanism, is still very alive nowadays. The mythological figure of a “wild man” represents the complicated relationship humans have with nature and life and death cycles. His series explores the different interpretations of such figures – while some cultures depict him as covered in flowers or straws, others possess the features of bears, goats, or horned and hairy beasts.

Website: charlesfreger.com

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Share on Facebook
You May Like
Popular on Bored Panda
What do you think ?
Add photo comments
POST
thomasinafulready avatar
WillaGrant
Community Member
9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would have loved to have known the country & what they were portraying. These are amazing!

Vernon Treweeke avatar
Community Member
10 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

SO THIS IS PAGANISM? WHAT FUN? NO WONDER CHRISTIANITY FAILED TO WIPE IT OUT!!!

sarah_egolf avatar
Sarah Egolf-Tarr
Community Member
1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absent any context, this feels like cultural appropriation. Give credit to the culture!

Load More Comments
thomasinafulready avatar
WillaGrant
Community Member
9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would have loved to have known the country & what they were portraying. These are amazing!

Vernon Treweeke avatar
Community Member
10 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

SO THIS IS PAGANISM? WHAT FUN? NO WONDER CHRISTIANITY FAILED TO WIPE IT OUT!!!

sarah_egolf avatar
Sarah Egolf-Tarr
Community Member
1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absent any context, this feels like cultural appropriation. Give credit to the culture!

Load More Comments
Popular on Bored Panda
Trending on Bored Panda
Also on Bored Panda