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Traditional & Ceremonial Pagan Costumes of Europe Photographer Charles Freger has spent many years roaming around Europe to take pictures of costumes from Pagan rituals. The series, entitled “Wilder Mann,” inspires “images of an older, wilder and more tribal Europe, filled with wild beasts, bonfires and pagan gods.” The tradition of men dressing up as wild animals and monsters, which dates back to neolithic times and shamanism, is still very alive nowadays. This seems to represent the complicated relationship humans have with nature.

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YOKAINOSHIMA (Island of the Yokai) | Charles Freger

After his success documenting Europe’s winter pagan masquerades (Wilder Mann*, 2012), photographer Charles Freger embarked on a new photographic series chronicling the relationship between the Japanese people and their ritual figures: the yokai, oni, and kappa, and many others that inhabit the spiritual landscape of the archipelago. 

*Mod note: You can find some of Freger’s Wilder Mann photos under this blog’s customs tag
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The extraordinary painted elephants of India | See full photo gallery

The Elephant Festival takes over the city of Jaipur every year. The animals are draped with jewelry and given majestic multi-color makeovers (complete with pedicures), before doing a procession through the streets. Later they race, play elephant polo and take part in a human vs animal tug-of-war. 

Photographer Charles Freger travelled to Rajasthan to get a sneak peek.