Came across this great website last night. Among other interesting articles, and of a different topic, this post was in his blog. Ever heard of this photographer? He documented crazy cool traditional costumes from across Europe. I love this part of European mythos heritage – that Grimm’s fairy-tale, earth-power, witch-in-the-woods creepiness. Although, can’t say I’d want to run into any of these guys late at night.
“When I saw the costumes and spent time with these people,” he said, “I realized that I have always felt like a bear.”
These traditions come from Neolithic times — from shamanism — and they have never stopped,” said Mr. Fréger, 38. “For a few nights you can behave like a goat, drink a lot and forget about being civilized. You can be a wild animal for three days and then you go back to controlling your wildness.
The book: Wilder Mann : The Image of the Savage
- Europe’s Wild Men (leileiclavey.com)
- Charles Freger – Wilder Mann (2010) – A Series Exploring Human Fascination with Myth, Ritual and Tradition (majickcyrkles.wordpress.com)
- The Bizarre, Eye-Popping Costumes of Europe’s Wild Men (wired.com)