September 18, 2008

Romanian Superstitions
Lugoj, Romania

Easily my favorite superstition for Romania is found in the ears of its inhabitants. A surprising number of people can be found on the streets with small balls of cotton or chunks of garlic shoved into their ears. (So common a thing, I dare to say that a good 20% or more of the population in Lugoj is doing this.) The theory is that shoving your ear canals full of cotton or garlic will keep illness away, as well as other miscellaneous ailments.

Here are a few others that I've uncovered:

  • Romania's are bizarrely eccentric with cross breezes (referred to as "currents" locally). Rare it is to find someone what will allow both the train window and carriage door to be open simultaneously, or even a pair of vehicle windows. "Currents" are thought to be responsible for illnesses and toothaches, and often goes hand-in-hand with believers of cotton/garlic in the ear canals.
  • When a black cat crosses your path, you must take three steps forward and three steps backward before continuing.
  • When your horse is sick you should fill a bucket with water, drop a lit match into it, and give it to the animal to drink after family members have each drunk a glass.
  • Sitting on concrete or the ground will make you sterile.
  • Bathing with cold water can give you infections (especially pertains to women washing their genitals).
  • For children, placing a postcard or an image of a destination inside a backpack for a few moments with the zipper shut brings good fortune that he or she will eventually visit that place.

Comments:

The United States

Tina Marshall

December 2nd, 2008

I found a great post today on Peterman's Eye about superstitions and I thought I'd share!

http://www.petermanseye.com/curiosities/history/400-believe-it-or-else

Cheers!

The United States

jeelago

December 3rd, 2008

I love that last one… am gonna take one of these maps adorning my ofc and see if it works lol.

Spain

wally

November 7th, 2010

i don't agree with you, I've lived in Lugoj for almost 20 years, and I have to disagree a lot!!! sitting on concrete hmmmmmm or the black cat or garlig c moon dude the people there aren't living in the 13th century, I have to agree with you that Romania is a country with a lot of superstitions but not all the people!!! meanwhile wishing you all the best wishes, it was good to see images with my home town, especially when you very very far and far away from home!!!!
greetings from Asturias principate!!!!

The United States

jonathan

November 15th, 2010

Sitting on concrete makes Ukrainian women sterile also.

Romania

Ana Albu

September 1st, 2011

I'm Romanian and I've never heard of these superstitions. The only one I know of is that you need to take some steps back (I think 9 but not an expert) if a black cat crosses the street in front of you. Otherwise, never heard of the ones you mentioned. As for the "currents", that's no superstition - even doctors advise avoiding it because it tends to lead to conjunctivitis and may cause otitis and sorethroat. All the best!

The United States

Rolland Hagedorn

October 28th, 2011

I have a friend in Doicesti (near Targoviste) I went to visit him and explore near sites. His family and others believe in this "currents'" thing and also in not drinking anything cold. They believe in doing so will cause tonsilitis and other throat ailments. But, yet gobble up ice cream. I do not understand the reasoning.
Also an ice cube is as rare as a diamond in Romania.

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