French photographer Charles Freger visited rural mountainous farming communities in eighteen European countries to photograph centuries-old rituals where people literally put themselves into the skin of the 'savage.' In celebrations of the seasons, fertility, life, and death, people become a bear, a goat, a stag, a man of straw, or a devil.
“These traditions come from Neolithic times — from shamanism — and they have never stopped,” said Mr. Fréger, 38. “For a few nights you can behave like a goat, drink a lot and forget about being civilized. You can be a wild animal for three days and then you go back to controlling your wildness.”