Dacians, the inhabitans of the land before the Roman conquest, considered the bear sacred. In the Medieval times, the Church fought against those kind of dances in pagan rituals.
The Communist dictatorship tried in vain to prohibit the Bear Dance, and now it becomes more and more popular. Scrupulously performed in towns like Comanesti, Asau or Darmanesti and in the villages of River Trotus Valley (Moldova region), these dances are celebrated as a festival in many cities of Romania. Rural Maramures & the Saxon heartland of Transylvania - 7-day tour