The central and eastern Alps of Europe are rich in folklore traditions dating back to . Originally, the word Perchten (plural of Perchta) referred to the female masks representing the entourage of an ancient goddess, Frau Perchta, or Pehta Baba
His series Wilder Mann runs a legion of both years and countries in relentless pursuit of the mythological “Wild Man”. Ritual and folklore are married in a celebration of life, death, fertility, and the cycle of the seasons.
Namahage Ashizawa, Oga, Akita Prefecture, from photographer Charles Fréger’s new book "Yokainoshima: Island of Monsters", about real performers that dress up as spirits and ghosts for local festivals in Japan