Tobacco in Romanian folklore

In Romanian folklore, tobacco has a spirit of its own, a female spirit called Pâca or Pafa. She appears as a crone, it is said she is as old as the world itself. She has a long, crooked nose, and she is endowed with tusks, talons, and a tail. As one would expect, Pâca is always puffing a smoking pipe and reeks of tobacco.

Legend has it that she is the mother of demons. Her sons sowed a magical seed in her honor, and the plant which sprang from it is called The Devil’s Weed (buruiana dracului) or The Devil’s Incense (tămâia dracului). The smoking pipe was also crafted by Pâca‘s children, and whenever you puff it, it is her whom you are worshiping.

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