This volume explores a selection of significant and topical elements from the vast amount of Romanian folkloric and mythological material. It sheds light on the mythical-ritualistic aspects of three complex calendar holydays (specifically The Lads of Brasov, Calusarii, and Sanzienele), whose ritualistic sequences, laden with mythical-symbolical reminiscences, were lost during the Communist period and are known today thanks to their spectacular features. Such aspects include demonic mythical beings (such as Iele, Rusalii, Stima Apei, The Woodwoman, and Strigoi) that define the collective imaginary; significant myths that have found their artistic expression in fairytales and legends; and the role of women in traditional Romanian society.
Claudia Costin, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Letters and Communication Sciences of Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania. Her areas of interest are the history of Romanian literature, the medieval age, Romanian literary folklore, Romanian mythology, and cultural anthropology. Her publications include Mythical Structures and Prevailing Symbols in Lucian Blaga's Theatre (2003), Landmarks in the History of Romanian Medieval Literature: Part One (2005), and Romanian Literary Folklore (2007).