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Images Of The Wild And Wooly Costumes Worn At British Pagan Festivals

The British Isles have a long and storied history with paganism, and even though the zealous religious right of the past didn’t look fondly on the heathen Celts modern Brits embrace their Celtic history with pride.

The old Pagan ways are no longer seen as a threat, so people are free to celebrate the old ways at various festivals with origins so obscure they're often hard to explain.

However, most attendees agree that wearing an elaborate, and often strange, costume to these festivals is generally more important than fully understanding the point of the party.

Photographer Henry Bourne has been capturing all the wild costumes worn by those who attend these Pagan festivals since 2009, and now 125 of his amazing portraits can be found in a book entitled Arcadia Britannica: A Modern British Folklore Portrait.

See more of Henry's Pagan festival portraits, and read about what inspired his series, here

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