Like I promised some time ago,I opened this thread to present to you some of the most mysterious places and legends from my country(and we have a lot
Sorry if I make mistakes,obviously english is not my first language.
Here we go:
1. Witches pond
Located near Boldesti village,in Boldu-Creteasca forest,at aprox. 20km from Bucharest,this is one of the most feared locations in Romania.
It is very small...with 5 meters width,200 meters long and only 1.5m deep.It never grows,no matter how much it rains,and it never drains.
It became well-known amongst people because of the unexplained happenings around it.
No animals drink from it,no animals go near it,unexplained murders happened around it,sometimes people report strange weather,like snowing only in
that location,or raining only above it,lightning,storms starting out of nowhere,etc.There are people reporting strange small spherical lights dancing
around it(orbs),and hearing screams at night.
For centuries,witches gather there around Saint Gheorghe's night,Sanziene,and Saint Andrei(Andrew) for various rituals(even in our times,there are
reports of old women seen around the pond at night).
It is the location where Vlad Tepes (Dracul or Dracula) was betrayed by his men and decapitated,and his body was thrown in the pond...
It is said that his blood made the whole pond red,and since then strange things started to happen,including Dracula legend.After that,some monks from
Comana monastary retrieved his body and buried him in the monastary's yard.
In 1977,a great dizaster happened...a 7.8 Richter earthquake wich destroyed a lot of buildings and left a lot of bodies behind.
Dictator Ceausescu commanded that some of the remains to be thrown in that pond and in other places where no people lived at that time.Tons of
materials,and even bodies were thrown there...there was no water left,it was covered with the debris.
But after a couple of days,the pond was intact,it swallowed all the materials and the bodies...to this day,nobody has an explanation about how tons of
materials,and hundreds of bodies just disappeared in such a small pond...
A more recent story about Witches pond is about a woman who was dragged there by a man,trying to rape her,and after hitting her,she passed out,and
when she woke up,there were pieces of that man all around her,and his blood was draining in the water...
The police said she couldn't do that,he looked like he was attacked by a large bear,but there are no large animals in that forest.
You can google more about this location(I don't know if you'll find something in english).
This is only a small part of the Witches pond legends.
Most people from other countries confuse "moroi" with "vampire" (also known as "strigoi",I'll also talk about them).This is totally wrong.
Since modern times,even some romanians confuse moroi with strigoi,because of the movies and because they lost contact with rural people,who are more
aware of the difference.
Moroi's are children that were brutally killed at birth by their mothers,before they were baptised.
In romanian culture,children who were not baptised,are not welcome in a normal cemetary,they must be buried somewhere else.
If no ritual of protection was done while they were buried(washed with holy water,and other things like that),7 years after their death,they will get
out of their grave at night and look for their mother and for all the people who knew she was guilty and didn't punish her.
They start with the mother...usually when she sleeps,the moroi will sit on her chest and give her nightmares,and if she wakes up,she will be
paralized,but will feel all the pain that child felt when he/she died.
The moroi will torment the mother until she will be driven crazy and will commit suicide,and her soul will be dragged to hell.
These are the real vampires,and they are not romantic,they are not beautiful in their true form,and never benevolent.
Hollywood and book authors made their "cool" image,but it's totally wrong.
Their true name comes from romanian term "strig",or "strigat"(wich means scream),because before they attack,you can hear a very terrifying scream,like
no animal or human can make.
They can be children or adult people,who were very violent while they were alive,and in some cases,there are signs even from birth of a man or woman
who can become a strigoi after death.
If the child touches himself and ingests the blood,or the liquid he is covered in immediately after birth,he can become a strigoi after he/she will
And there is another possibility to become a strigoi...if the mother,while pregnant drank water from a place the devil touched.
When they are very well fed,they can appear as almost normal humans at night,trying to lure people in the forest,or dark places if they are in a city
or village,so it can kill without being disturbed.
They try that by asking for help,and if they are not distracted by someone,they can hypnotize the victim to go with them.
But they do not look normal even then...they look very pale,with dry skin,and visible veins,sharp teeth...
There are cases when they even entered bars trying to make someone to go with them.They can be tested by offering garlic,onion and they fear the
crosses and any holy object,and also animals go crazy around them.
Their movements are usually slow,not like the movies when they run faster than cars,but they can attack very fast if provoked and they are very strong
when they are well fed,but very weak when they are not...so they must trick the victim somehow.
A starving strigoi will almost decapitate the victim when is feeding,leaving the crime scene look like an animal attack,but only a little blood left
around and inside the body.
It will leave only small marks when it is strong enough to control those violent impulses and it can make the victim stay quiet by hypnosis,and if the
victim ingests blood from the strigoi before it dies,it will also become a strigoi.
They can't enter a house,unless the owner is not alive,or they get invited inside,and they can't enter a holy place.
It's not an invisible force that keeps them out of the houses,but if they enter without invitation,they will vomit all the blood ingested and will
also come out from the ears,eyes,nose,etc...until they dry completely and die.
There are only two nights of the year when they are powerful enough to enter without invitation,and without being harmed by the power that kills them
in any other night of the year if they enter without invitation.
Those nights are Saint Gheorghe's night(23 april) and Saint Andrei's night(30 november).
In those nights,people can protect themselves by wearing crosses,by washing windows and doors with holy water,and by putting garlic all around the
windows and doors,and also crushing garlic around them so the smell is more powerful...this creates some sort of holy wall that strigoi can't
Also,very old strigoi's are stronger than new ones.
They can be killed by beheading,or with a wooden stake driven through the heart.
Also,they will sleep during the day,and if exposed to the sunlight they will dry so much,and become so hot,that they will look as if they burned(but
not burst into flames,or become dust like in the movies).
There are tons of romanian stories and legends...but I talked enough for now.
I will post more in a few days.
I hope you will enjoy this thread!
edit on 2-4-2014 by exodus27 because: (no reason given)
edit on 2-4-2014 by Kandinsky
because: typo in title