The Weirdest Costumes You’ve Ever Seen


Switzerland: country of chocolate, chalets, and…a traditional costume of a freaky, faceless rope man, with bells attached in random places?

French photographer Charles Fréger traveled Europe, taking pictures of the costumes used in centuries-old pagan rituals that still survive in some areas.

Check out some of the truly astonishing results in this slideshow.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →