by Geneviève Gauckler (Illustrator), Charles Fréger (Photographer), Robert McLiam Wilson (Contributor)
“The rituals are centuries old and celebrate the seasonal cycle, fertility, life, and death. People literally put themselves into the skin of the "savage," in masquerades that stretch back centuries. By becoming a bear, a goat, a stag, a wild boar, a man of straw, a devil, or a monster with jaws of steel, these people celebrate the cycle of life and seasons. The costumes amaze with their extraordinary diversity and prodigious beauty. Work on this project took leading French photographer Charles Fréger to eighteen European countries in search of the mythological figure of the Wild Man.”
This is a fascinating book. I received it today and am delighted with it. It will absorb hours of my time, I am sure, and take me to a pagan dreamtime of fur, fibers, feathers, horns, bells and the smell of woodsmoke. I highly recommend it.
You can buy it on Amazon.com for around $35.00.
Here are just a few of the outstanding images to be found in this book.