Muzeul Judeţean de Istorie şi Artă Zalău County Museum of History and Art, Zalău
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2 / 2014
Enter the white world: “magic quarantine” for the child and Ways to develop “magic immunity”. Cheating destiny.
Romanian tradition assumes that fate (destiny) configures a higher power that leads life without the possibility of man to intervene. However beliefs in destiny cover a large amount of interdictions, taboos, recommendations, advice, musts which attempt to shape this destiny; it’s a preventive control of the child’s destiny and it concerns ways to correct, improve or avoid potential negative outcomes of destiny. In other words, a virtual dis-satisfaction of the predestined fate can lead to a revolt that could have as an effect ignorance of the bad destiny and setting up certain corrective mechanisms which usually have a magical ritual substrate. The first interdictions seem to show up once the child is born and are related both to mother and child. These interdictions are present throughout childhood. Field studies in Salaj villages note many such beliefs linked to the possibility of cheating destiny.
Keywords: Salaj, child’s destiny, fate (destiny), tabus, recommendations, advice, magical ritual substrate
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