On what might go on happening tonight:

  • the undead might start partying. Beware of crossroads, graveyards and of the woods;
  • the demons and the demonical are throwing a ball themselves, accompanied by witches and warlocks. Avoid crossroads, the woods and derelict churches, to all costs;
  • your neighbors might be rubbing their bodies, doors and gates with garlic, in order to keep spirits at bay – you’d better start doing it too;
  • the strigoi will be stealing the milk, sucking the blood of cows, returning to their (still) living families to take one of their kin to the land of the dead;
  • the moroi buried underneath a home  might be rising from their graves into the the attic, where they may wreck havoc;
  • young women will put some basil under their pillow so they might get a chance ar dreaming their future spouse. They might also place a ring in a water filled glass, placed in ashes and put a candle to the right of the glass and another to the left. After lighting them, a reflection of their future spouse should become visible in the ring;
  • witches get ready to meet their otherworldly lovers, friends and foes by drinking concoctions and rubbing their bodies with henbane, datura or deadly nightshade.

It’s the 29th of November and tonight the feeble border between worlds might just disappear.

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The Dead – part 2

As the strigoi are considered to be extremely dangerous and vicious spirits,  people have found numerous ways to bind or repel them.

Tudor Pamfile collected several such spells. This is one of them.

Tu moroiule, 
Tu strigoiule,
Tu să-ţi mănânci inima ta,
Maţele tale,
Ficaţii tăi,
Carnea ta,
Oasele tale,
Pielea ta,
Că cu cuţitul te-oi tăia,
Cu vin te-oi uda,
Cu busuioc te-oi afuma,
Cu tămâie te-oi tămâia,
Că inima ţi-oi lua,
Şi cu cuţitul oi tăia-o,
Şi-oi face-o nouă bucăţele,
Şi-oi arunca-o peste nouă vâlcele,
La nouă căţele.

You, moroi - it is argued that moroi is not the same as strigoi,
 this spell may very well prove otherwise, 
 or it is unknown whether the malevolent spirit is moroi or strigoi, so both names are used
You, strigoi
You shall eat your own heart,
Your own innards, 
Your own liver, - the plural is used in the original version
Your own flesh,
Your own bones,
Your own skin.
For I shall slash you with a knife,
Sprinkle you with wine, 
Smoke you with basil,
Smoke you with incense,
For I shall grab your heart,
And chop it with a knife,
And throw it over nine ravines
To nine bitches. - the cult of Hekate was widespread on Romanian territory