A Guide to Transylvania by Nicky Rea

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The band continues to play outside the church to entertain the children and those who weren’t invited to the wedding feast. These dance in the street before the doors of the church. Once the marriage ceremony is concluded, there is another procession to the wedding tent. The musicians take a break while the couple is toasted, then play all Saturday night. ) that accompany the various courses of the feast as they are presented. Interspersed among these are lively dance tunes designed to let participants work off the food (and the effects of the suica).

The Gypsies, or Rorn, as they have come to be called, have no belief in private property, nor do they wish the burden of a house or possessions. They do, however, enjoy utilizing such possessions for a short period of time before trading them for something else. This may account for their cavalier attitude toward thievery. Between 1837 and 1856,Wallachia and Moldavia freed the vatrasi Gypsies. Though many stayed with their original owners, others emigrated, spreading out throughout western Europe by 1868 and even to North America by the 1880s.

Some reflect the injustices to which the peasants ere subjected, while others are more like blessings or wishes for something better. ” “The sun shines where and when it will. ” (eliqion 1 ike much of the rest of Europe, the history of Transylvania and its sister regions, Wallachia and Moldavia, is bound up with the question of religion. Religious faith has been linked with national and ethnic identity. The Magyars were converted to Roman Catholicism when they settled the region. They have remained staunch adherents of the Roman rites ever since.

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