(Jane) Emily Gerard (7 May – 11 January ) was a nineteenth-century author best known for the influence her collections of Transylvanian folklore pen name of Emily and her sister Dorothea Gerard). “Transylvanian Superstitions . (Jane) EMILY GERARD () was a Scottish writer married to an Austrian Transylvania might well be termed the land of superstition, for nowhere else. Emily Gerard was from a wealthy family, and spent many years in various parts Her article ‘Transylvanian superstitions’ included material on the vampire myth.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Transylvaniann Read Edit View history. There are innumerable caverns, whose mysterious depths seem made to harbour whole legions of evil spirits: This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

In the night preceding Easter Sunday witches and demons are abroad, and hidden treasures are said to betray their site by a glowing flame. On this day, which popular belief regards as the coldest in the winter, the blessing of the waters, known as the feast of the Jordan, or bobetasu baptism feast, takes place. Transylvaian curious instance of this was lately recorded in Roumenia relating to an old ruined convent, where, according to a popular superstitkons, a large sum of gold is concealed.

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Also at church, when the priest offers the blest bread to himself and his new-made wife, he will tremblingly compare the relative sizes of the two pieces, for whoever chances to get the smaller one must inevitably be the first to die. The ceremony terminates by a feast given by the parents of the girl who has acted the principal part, from which the boys are again excluded. The feast of the Epiphany, or Three Kings Tre crai is one of the oldest festivals, and was solemnised by the Oriental Church as early as the second century, fully years before it was adopted by the Latins.

Shawn rated it really liked it Sep 28, Among the various omens of approaching death are the ungrounded barking of a dog or the crowing of a black hen. In many of these German places, the rhymes which are sung apply to the advent of summer and the extinction of winter, such gerafd the following: Daniel rated it liked it May superstitios, Particularly lucky is considered whoever dies on that day, for he will be sure to go straight to heaven, the door of which is supposed to stand open all day, in memory of the descent of the Holy Ghost at the baptism of Christ.


The priests, attired in their richest vestments, proceed to the shore of the nearest river or lake, and bless the waters, emiyl have been unclosed by cutting a Greek cross some six or eight feet long in the surface of the ice. It is unfortunate to meet an old woman or a Roumenian Pope; the meeting of a Protestant or Catholic clergyman is indifferent, and brings neither good nor evil.

Scripta Minora rated it it was amazing Apr 28, The feast itself is the great day to beware of witches, to counteract whose influence square-cut blocks of green turf are placed in front of each door and window.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. If, however, some misguided peasant does happen to leave his home at midnight, and espies as very likely he may a flaming dragon in the sky, he need not necessarily give himself up as lost, for if he have the presence of mind to stick a fork into the ground alongside of him, the fiery monster will thereby be prevented from carrying him off.

First, there is what may be called the indigenous superstition of the country, the scenery of which is peculiarly adapted to serve as background to all sorts of supernatural beings and monsters.

That the cattle are endowed with speech during the Christmas night is a general belief, but it is not considered wise to pry upon them and try to overhear what they say, or the listener will rarely overhear any good. The throwing up of wreaths on to the roofs, described above, is in some districts practised on the feast of St. Some of the most prevalent Saxon superstitions are as follows: The Koumenian peasant does not wear shoes or stockings, but has his feet swaddled up in linen rags, which are kept in their place by a rough sandal made of a flat piece of leather.

Tuesday, however Marti, named from Mars, the bloody god of waris a decidedly unlucky day, on which spinning is totally prohibited, and even such seemingly harmless pursuits as washing the hands or combing the hair are not unattended by danger. New York Constitutional Convention. Thanks for telling us about the problem. No God-fearing peasant will, however, allow himself to be tempted by the hopes of such riches, which he cannot on that day appropriate without sin.


He therefore gave over the reins to her, and stepped aside into the bushes, where, murmuring the mystic formula, he turned three somersaults over a ditch. First of all she may, by cracking the joints of her fingers, accurately ascertain the number of her admirers, also a freshly laid egg broken into a superstitionx of water will give much clue to the events in store for her by the shape it adopts.

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Louise marked it as to-read Sep 11, If two people are together during this discovery they must not on any account break silence till the treasure is removed, neither is it allowed to fill up the hole from which anything has been taken, for that would induce a speedy death. This spirit corresponds to the I’olednice of the Bohemians and the Poludnica of the Poles and Russians. Soon after this the woman, waiting in vain for her husband, was attacked by a furious dog, which rushed, barking, out of the bushes and succeeded in biting her severely, as well as tearing her dress.

The Polish harvest custom of decking out a girl with a wreath of corn ears, and leading her in procession to the house of the landed proprietor, is likewise practised here, with the difference that instead of the songs customary in Poland, the girl is here followed with loud cries of’ Prihu!

In many districts the personating of these characters is supposed to entail a certain amount of odium upon the actors, who are regarded as unclean or bewitched by the devil during a period of six weeks, and may not enter a church nor approach a sacrament till this time has elapsed.

When all the village streets have been traversed in this manner, the girls repair to another house, whose door is locked against the besieging troop of boys.

The Council of Constantinople, A. This is done by stripping a young gipsy girl quite naked, and dressing her up with wreaths of flowers and leaves which entirely cover her up, leaving only the head visible. Emilie added it Dec 05, A hailstorm may sometimes be stopped by a knife stuck into the ground in front of the house.