Europe’s Wild Men / Charles Fréger

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Spring festivals in the Pyrenees feature local men playing the role of bears awakening from hibernation

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During Carnival in Lazarim characters called “caretos” parade through the village in hand-carved masks to a bonfire where effigies known as the comadre and compadre are burned.

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Every five years the men of Telfs collect lichen to create Wilder Mann, or Wild Man, costumes for the town’s Carnival festival. Tradition dictates that they nibble on a piece of this lichen before the festivities.

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Schnappviecher (snapping beast) on Shrove Tuesday

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Macidulas on New Year’s Day

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Strohmann at Carnival

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On New Year’s Day men cover themselves with goatskins to impersonate the Kukeri, who both embody and chase away evil spirits. In the past they’d brush against women to bestow fertility.

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Juantramposo, a mischief-maker, appears on Mardi Gras in Alsasua. The festival ends with all the participants taking part in a celebratory dance.


Portraits of men in traditional ritual costumes for festivals that occur across Europe from the beginning of December until Easter by  photographer Charles Fréger

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