rituals

3cm

Yung Cheng Lin aka »3cm« is a photographer based out of Tainan, Taiwan whose various conceptual arrangements are located somewhere on the boundary of surrealism, humour and overstatement. See more of Yung Cheng Lin’s amazing work on Flickr here.

Yung Cheng Lin

Yung Cheng Lin

Yung Cheng Lin

Yung Cheng Lin

Yung Cheng Lin

Yung Cheng Lin

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Wilder Mann

They become bears, stags, and devils. They evoke death but bestow fertile life. They live in the modern era, but they summon old traditions – people all over Europe like to dress up. French photographer Charles Fréger has sought out the best of the best and published a book about almost forgotten rituals. Collected over two winters of travel through 19 countries. Take a visual tour of Europe’s wild man traditions.

Bulgaria – On New Year’s Day men cover themselves with goatskins to impersonate the Kukeri, who both embody and chase away evil spirits.

Bulgaria – On New Year’s Day men cover themselves with goatskins to impersonate the Kukeri, who both embody and chase away evil spirits.

Photograph by Charles Fréger
Switzerland – Sauvage at Carnival

Photograph by Charles Fréger
Italy – Schnappviecher (snapping beast) on Shrove Tuesday

Photograph by Charles Fréger
Poland – Macidulas on New Year’s Day

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

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

(via WeWasteTime)