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

The Dead – part I

The  (un)dead play quite an important part in Romanian folklore. Such creatures are feared even  today, and great precaution is taken when it comes to threats from beyond the grave. I will have a lot of writing to do on this topic, so there will be a second part some day, perhaps even a third one.

The generic name for an undead in Romania is “strigoi”  if it’s male, and “strigoaică”  if female. There are two types of strigoi, the living and the undead. We shall only talk about the latter in this post, as we shall cover the first later on. The living are a completely different story, so to speak.

It is said that children born with the placenta stuck to their heads become strigoi, and so do the ones born with a tail ( a prominent coccis).  Such children are born out of women that drink unclean water (The Devil’s Drool) during their pregnancy or women that don’t cover their heads when going  out at night.

Moreover, individuals that die an untimely death (suicide, murder) people that committed evil deeds during their lifetime  also become strigoi. If a cat, dog or rooster jumps over a dead body, it will rise as a strigoi.

The strigoi are repelled by incense, garlic and onions. Legend has it that people born in a Saturday (being, therefore, connected to Saturn) can see the strigoi if they spend a whole night in a graveyard.

The 30th of  November is the night when the undead are the most potent.