CHASING SPIRITS - The Romania's bear dancers

‘CHASING SPIRITS – ROMANIA’S BEAR DANCERS’ is a photo-documentary project of Mauro De Bettio. In December ‘17 he travelled to the north-eastern regions of Romania to join the villagers of Comănești during their anthic Christmas tradition. Every winter, between Christmas and New Year, in this place the annual Dance of the Bears takes place, a ritual that symbolizes the death and rebirth of time. Men and women of all ages dress with bear skins and dance to the rhythm of flutes and percussion to drive away evil spirits and welcome the new year.