Romanian Wolf Legends

The Wolf in Romanian Mythology

With 15% of the total, Romania has one of the largest populations of wolves in Europe, Russia not included. So there must be a lot of Romanian wolf legends out there, right? For those willing to indulge in some serious wolf watching, this country is a true paradise. The wolf has been a part of Romanian history too. The Dacians who fought the Romans at the beginning of the 2nd century and lived on the ancient territory of what is now Oltenia and Wallachia were holding a wooden wolf head as a battleship flag. A lot of wolf legends derived from the Romanian’s ancestors appreciation of this animal.

Romanian wold legends the Dacian flag
A Dacian Wolf on Trajan’s Column 113 CE

As for the plethora of legends, things are only starting to get interesting. The werewolf, a fantastic incarnation of the wolf, has been present in Romanian mythology for centuries. A vârcolac or a pricolici is what we call a werewolf in Romanian. Popular belief says Vârcolaci (the plural) are shape-shifting evil creatures generated by human misbehavior. The Moon eating vârcolac is a mean person turned into a wolf. Legends say some humans remain vârcolaci even after death. They can fly, or their shade can reach the moon. When the moon is red, people say the vârcolaci are prowling through the woods.

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A vârcolac drawing via desenez.net

The Wolf Fairy Tales and Fables | Romanian Wolf Legends

Some contributions from authors and storytellers to Romanian wolf legends are remarkable. But there is a particular fable that many Romanian children read. Not to mention, the book got a lot of illustrated editions. Below there is a glimpse into a version of it from my childhood. The famous fable called The Goat and Her Three Kids is a favorite among children book readers. In short, the three kids and their goat mother have to face the dangers of being eaten by the big bad wolf, who is their godfather. This is an inspiring rite of passage story with a happy end, eventually, in which the community plays a role as well.

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The Goat and Her Three Kids a fable by ion Creangă

Another notable Romanian wolf story is called Făt-Frumos și Lupul cel năzdrăvanPrince Charming and the Wonder Wolf would be a fair translation into English. However, this story is different than the previous one. It traveled the centuries as a folk story told by peasants until an editor named Petre Ispirescu collected a bunch of tales from popular sources and published them between 1862 and 1886. Of all the fairy tales and fables published by Ispirescu, the one that evokes the Romanian wolf legends is our favorite.

 

Martisor Romania 1 of March Celebration

Martisor Romania is a Spring celebration held on the first day of March. It is an old tradition that still preserved all over Romania. Mărțișor [mərt͡siˈʃor] which derives from the Romanian word for March (Martie) is a kind of trinket or amulet. The little Mărțișor includes a silky red-white thread (șnur) tied into a bow to which a small trinket is attached.

The red color refers to the essence of life and the white one refers to absolute wisdom. If you combine the two of them the result is a symbolic exchange of two vital forces.Martisor Romania

Martisor Romania and its Tradition

Men offer these symbolic presents to women from 1 March until 8th of March together with flowers and some wishes for having a happy springtime. It is said that those who wear these Mărțișor gifts all the month (March) they will have luck and a prosperous year.

In the countryside, people used to celebrate Mărțisor by hanging a red and white string at the gate, window, cattle’s horn and shed to protect against evil spirits and to invoke nature’s regenerative power.

Mărțișor Romania’s celebration has ancient roots. According to archaeological research, the Mărțișor traces its history more than 8,000 years ago. Some ethnologists believe that the Mărțișor celebration has Roman origins, others support the theory that it is an old Dacian tradition.

In the old times, Mărțișor were made of small river pebbles, colored in white and red, stringed on a thread and worn around the neck. They were worn to bring good luck and good weather, from March 1 until the first trees would bloom. When the first trees are in blossom the Mărțișoare are hanged on tree branches.

Martisor Wishes:

Martisor RomaniaWe wish you a happy Mărțișor Day and an amazing spring!

A small Mărțișor and a snowdrop I give you for you to know that spring is here. It is time to smile!

A spring full of energy, excitement, and joy!

White thread is health, and the red one is prosperity. Together they will form for you a crown of success and joy.

Enjoy the sun and the beautiful days of Spring and welcome Mărțișor in your life!

Maramures Giants – Exposing the Secret in Romania

Maramures Giants IllustrationMaramures Giants (Legenda uriașilor in Romanian) is a topic that we find in Romanian folklore stories. Here you find a beautiful legend about the last family of giants that lived on earth.

The legends say that in the ancient history of our planet, there were different creatures that lived and then they came to their extinction. It is said that one of the species were the giants. In the cultures of many countries, it is said that they lived on Earth just before the humans did. They were not so clever as the humans and that there was a great flood that destroyed the majority of them. They have built underground tunnels where they survived for a long period of time.

 

Maramures Giants | The story of the last giants on Earth

 

Maramures legends say that one of the last known families of the Giants lived in the North of Transylvania, in the Valley of Iza.

It was an old man with his daughter. Read More

Blajinii or the Kind Hearted Ones

       In the folklore of Romanians, there is an amazing story about “the Kind Hearted People”, or the so-called “Blajini” or “Rohmani” or “the White Ones”. These are semi-divine creatures 💎that live at the edge of our world, where all the waters of the Earth are gathering.♒ This story can be found as well in other east European countries.

What do you think about this magic beings? Are they real? Read More

Travelling to the “Kind Hearted Ones “

I used to see them when I was a child and I walked in forests 🌲. They used to call me and then they disappeared for a while. Now I go from time to time to them.

They fascinate me in the way they enjoy life and the beauty of their lands.

How to get there? There are places on our lands where is very easy to go to Blajinii, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t make this trip from any other place… Read More

Spiral Temple Adventure

So, dear friend, pack your things! We will discover together the spiral temple adventure! Yes, you heard correctly. It’s an old magic temple, carved in a cave. You won’t find much information about it, but believe me, we talk about thousands of years…

Kiara Yew Adventures Spiral White Temple Sinca Veche Dacian

It’s a sunny Sunday morning and we reach the place by car. Near the old cave, it has been built a church. As we go down from our cars we hear the priest singing. The villagers and prayers all gather to the church. They are all singing… Read More