≡HARDCORE TRIBAL≡ITALY ~ Schnappviecher (snapping beast) on Shrove Tuesday GERMANY
On Christmas Eve Pelzmärtle appears in the village of Bad Herrenalb with the Christkind (Baby Jesus) to scold naughty children and rap them with a stick. The straw costume is sewn on to the wearer. FRANCE
Spring festivals in the Pyrenees feature local men playing the role of bears awakening from hibernation. CZECH REPUBLIC
In the village of Nedašov, devils join the retinue of St. Nicholas to frighten children into being good. SPAIN
Juantramposo, a mischief-maker, appears on Mardi Gras in Alsasua. The festival ends with all the participants taking part in a celebratory dance.
Photographer Charles Fréger set out to capture what he calls “tribal Europe” over two winters of travel through 19 countries. The forms of the costumes that he chronicled vary between regions and even between villages.
(VIA NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)