Romanian Mythology

Romanian Heroes in the Romanian Folklore

A place with so many multicultural elements thanks to its strong belief in God, on one hand, and witchcraft, on the other hand. To all of this, we can add pagan customs and Christian traditions, old colourful stories and legends preserved from one generation to another. This place gave birth to Romanian heroes in the national folklore and to fabulous creatures. As we go way back in time, we discover that Romanian ...

Romanian Rituals: Exploring Beliefs and Superstitions in Romania

Having deep mythological roots, Romania is, without a doubt, the home of unimaginable mythological creatures, ancient Romanian rituals, fictional heroes, unusual mythological places, fascinating folk tales, thrilling fairy tales, strong witchcraft and Christian beliefs, unique customs and traditions, and so much more. Romanian Rituals in the Romanian Folklore There are eleven Romanian rituals, but ...

Sanziene – the Summer Fairies

Each year, on the 24th of June, Romanians celebrate the pagan holiday of Sanziene.  Along with the Fates, Sanzienele are part of the big and charming family of Iele - gracious fairies with magical powers. Unlike the most of Iele, Sanzienele are always good and kind to humans. It is said that on the night before their day, they use to fly over meadows, smelling and touching the wildflowers, enriching them with special ...

The Ballad of Miorita – the defining Romanian myth

Folklore is the key to understanding a people’s culture. All the traditions and legends are just transposing, in a metaphoric way, the main attitudes concerning life, in general. The Miorita ballad, is perhaps, the most eloquent Romanian folk poem ever created, summing up the most important beliefs of this nation. The Story behind the Ballad of Miorita This rhyme ballad has a very simple yet, profound story. ...

Romanian mythology – The legend of master Manole and Arges Monastery

The Romanian mythology is impressive, with the legend of Dochia and Traian, the story about the brothers Roman and Vlahata, about Zburatorul - the lovers from the starts, about the Ballad of Miorita and master Manole. A very charming place, full of history, is Curtea de Arges town, the first capital of Walachia - the Romanian southern region. The main attraction here is the Monastery of Arges, build in 1517 by the ...

The Legendary Baba Dochia – The return of spring

There is no Romanian who hasn’t heard at least once the legends of Dochia. Sometimes presented in the form of a beautiful girl, other times in the appearance of an old lady, Dochia is probably one of the most known legendary figures. Famous legends of Baba Dochia Some historical legends describe Dochia as the beautiful daughter of Decebal, the king of the brave Dacians - the Romanian’s ancestors. It is said that, ...

The fates

Without a doubt, the Romanian mythology is extremely rich and fascinating. All sorts of fantastic creatures cohabit with humans in a harmonious, yet strange way. From the scary moroi to the alluring Iele, Romania is home to some of the most amazing legends and superstitions and an endless source of inspiration. The legend of the three Fates is present in many cultures around the globe. Instead, in Romania, they have ...

Saint Andrew – the Protector of Wolves

On November 30, Romanians celebrate Saint Andrew, the first of Jesus Christ apostles who preached Christianity in the south of Romania. This way Saint Andrew is also considered the patron of the country and many boys and girls are named after him. So, this holiday is actually a feast for many people as they celebrate it like an anniversary. But in ancient times, Romanian ancestors, the Dacians, used to celebrate ...

Haunted Romania – the Land of Moroi

“I have seen with my eyes when it was exhumed one man from our village supposed to be moroi. And I saw his body twisted in the coffin and when they stabbed his heart a strange cry heard. I rapidly went to church to pray as I was so afraid! But after that, all things come to normal, the moroi found its peace!” For hundreds or even thousands of years, the Romanians daily life is marked by these kind of weird and otherworldly ...

The Solomonar – the Master of Storms and Winds

Sometimes good, sometimes a bit wicked, the Solomonar is considered the great sorcerer of storms and winds, master of all lakes, high mountains and deep caves and the creator of frost, mist, and hail. Tall, red-haired, with bulging eyes, dressed in a white long coat, he is always described carrying his Magic Book, the source of all his powers. Also, people who claim to have seen him say that along with his book, he also ...