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https://www.facebook.com/LaBlouseRoumaine10/photos_stream Sânzienele sau Drăgaica The celebration of Sanziene derives from a very old solar cult. The name of this celebration, Sanziene, is probably derived from Sancta Diana, the Roman goddess of the forest. Represented as plants, Sanzienele were thought to be anthropomorphic divine entities. In folklore, they were depicted as beautiful women, priestesses in the sun temple, nocturnal beings who hid in forests unbeknownst to humans.
Some believe that a long time ago, people who lived up in the mountains would come together to celebrate the solstices and the equinoxes and to perform rituals through which they glorified the sun. The megaliths in Calimani Mountains testify to the possibility that such performances did indeed exist because archeologists discovered etched on them anthropomorphic representations of the sun.
According to mythology and tradition, Sanzienele float in the air or walk the earth the night between June 23 and June 24, they sing and dance, and as they do so, they spread fecundity among crops, animals, birds, and humans, they give flowers their perfume and endow certain weeds with curative effects, and they heal the illnesses and the suffering in the world.
This information was translated from http://www.crestinortodox.ro/religie/dragaica-sanzienele-69679.html References, acknowledgments
Thank you to the Facebook group “La Blouse Roumaine.” The textual information in this presentation is taken from their notes. To learn more about this project visit https://www.facebook.com/LaBlouseRoumaine10
This presentation is built with images retrieved from Google Images and videos from YouTube.
Thank you SWSEEL, REEI, Dr. Ariann Stern-Gottschalk, and Melissa Witcombe.