In the walls heart of the Castle of the Guard, in Prats de Molló (France), three men, dressed in sheepskin, cover their face and arms in a mixture of oil and soot. Accompanied by their hunters, the bears descend into the village and mark their footprints all who find their way, with a preference for the girls, on which they are thrown. At the end of the afternoon, the barbers, dressed in white, chained the bears at the price of a fierce struggle, symbols of beliefs of Pyrenean legends.
This feast connected me with an ancestral ritual of struggle between man and bear, from the myth of the savage that must be civilized, about persecuted girls and the sexual desire of the beast that wakes up in Spring time.
All images and text © Ester Pérez Berenguer
By Ester Pérez Berenguer
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