Dreamland, Banat, Crisana, Maramures, Transylvania, Folklore History

Dreamland, Banat, Crisana, Maramures, Transylvania, 100-WORD STORIES, Folklore and History” by Patricia Furstenberg is the second book in the book series “Romania in 100-WORD STORIES, Folklore and History”.

Dreamland, the western territory of Romania, a paradise dreamed of by empires; a fairyland protected by its hearty folk; and centuries-long safe haven to hopeful emigrants.

Dreamland, these are stories lived, legends of why, myths of who, folk believes rooted in the days when the populace of Banat, Crisana, Maramures, and Transylvania laid the first foundations in places still untamed, places that maybe changed their face as they changed many hands throughout centuries.

Dreamland: like a river flows free, like the bird knows no boundaries, and like clouds spread over the entire horizon, so is the history, and the tales of these Romanian provinces. Dacians and Romans, Vlachs, Moti, Mocans, Huns, Peri, Magyars, Transylvanian Saxons , Swabians, Szeklers, Jewish refugees, Ottoman invaders, hajduks and emperors, priests, these are the folks who shared this Dreamland and together they shaped its history, culture and architecture.
In these troubled times, when one’s identity escapes and is easily strewn along paths travelled far and wide, let’s take another look back. Let’s meet the people who can still remember the tales of their ancestors, entrusted to them with the seed of truth.

Today Romania has ten defined historical provinces: Banat, Crișana, Maramureș, Transylvania (Ardeal or Erdély) presented in this book, Dreamland, but also Bucovina, Moldova, Basarabia, Oltenia, Muntenia, and Dobrogea.

Banat: local population lived mainly in huts scattered over the valleys because the main occupation was pastoralism without transhumance. This historical region often bordered various empires that made the area somewhat insecure, and often depopulated due to war outbursts. Today Banat is a land peacefully shared between Romania, Serbia, and Hungary.

Banat, Romania, where history has seen giants, pastoral life, and wars. Dreamland by Patricia Furstenberg
Banat, Romania, where history has seen giants, pastoral life, and wars. Dreamland by Patricia Furstenberg

Crisana: is a geographical and historical region in north-west Romania named after the Criş Rivers guarded by the peaks of Apuseni Mountains. The etymology for Crişana goes back to the old name for Criş Rivers, Chrisola, deriving from Ancient Greek golden due to golden specks often spotted in its waters.

Crisana, Romania, where folktales have spotted golden specks in its waters. Dreamland by Patricia Furstenberg
Crisana, Romania, where folktales have spotted golden specks in its waters. Dreamland by Patricia Furstenberg

Maramures: located in the very north of Romania, the very birth of Maramureş has its legend. Its people love to share it by the fire of the wood-stove, during cold January evenings steeped in snow. The wood-carved Maramureş Gates are one of the most precious symbols of Maramureş Country.

Maramures, Romania, where legends speak of witches, woodcarving is art, and Hajduks made justice by sword. Dreamland by Patricia Furstenberg
Maramures, Romania, where legends speak of witches, woodcarving is art, and Hajduks made justice by sword. Dreamland by Patricia Furstenberg

Transylvania is a historical plateau located at the heart of Romania. Dominated by large pastures, Transylvania is sheltered by the Carpathian Mountains which stand guard around it: to the west, Apuseni Mountains; to the east, Harghita Mountains; and to the south by the Fagaras Mountains nicknamed the Alps of Transylvania and traversed by the spectacular Transfagarasan Road. A multicultural region with a noteworthy history and a rich cultural heritage, Transylvania is known as Ardeal to its millennial Romanian inhabitants, Siebenbürgen to the German Saxons who lived on this land for centuries, and Erdély to the Szeklers and the Hungarian people living here today, alongside Turks, Jews, Serbs, and Roma Gypsies.

Transylvania to Romanians, Siebenbürgen to German Saxons, Erdély to Szeklers and Hungarians, Dreamland to all - by Patricia Furstenberg
Transylvania to Romanians, Siebenbürgen to German Saxons, Erdély to Szeklers and Hungarians, Dreamland to all – by Patricia Furstenberg

This isn’t a history book, or a storybook, but rather a collection of fleeting impressions, lived truths, reflections, descriptive essays, and snapshots of a life lived in fabulous ways.

These short texts are meant to evoke passages from history and I tried to write them with passion and lyricism, and, I hope, wit. Telling stories is the best way to keep the past, this untouchable treasure, alive.

These are the stories you will read in Dreamland, Banat, Crisana, Maramures, Transylvania, 100-WORD STORIES, Folklore and History, a book by Patricia Furstenberg:

In chronological order: 117 Stories punctuated by historical details.
Over 80 color photographs.

1. The Origin of Mihaileni Village, Harghita
2. Call of the Heart in Maramures, at Its Birth
3. A Wave Frozen in Stone
4. Not Blending into the Crowd
5. The Bear’s Cave, Crisana
6. Ogling a Hen with Gold Eggs, How Crisana Got its Name
7. For Country and for Family, over Danube in Banat
8. Idyllic Edelweiss, a Legend from Barsa Country
9. Fighting Giants in Almaj Country, Banat
10. Raging Danube Boilers and Almajana Fairy, Banat
11. To Slimnic Fortress, Where a Wizard Had Three Daughters
12. Fishing with a Rake in Crisana
13. How Retezat Mountain Was Named, Epic Hateg
14. Mierla, the Common Blackbird of Banat
15. Dandelion Hopes
16. Blossoms in Spring
17. Somes and Cris, Two Brothers from Bihor
18. Caring for a Friend, Mures
19. Elusive Decebalus and the Strei Treasure, Hateg
20. King Decebalus, born in Fagaras
21. Girl Warrior
22. War Science, Know your Opponent
23. From Priceless Resin to Rasinari Village at Marginimea Sibiului
24. Dacian Stronghold Underneath Rupea Fortress, Brasov
25. Glaring and Grabbing, the Draco Flag
26. A Dacian Temple in Fagaras Mountains
27. Knowledge, I Am Leaf
28. Victory’s Other Face, in Stone Country
29. Escape from Hateg Country
30. The Giants from Cristian, Sibiu, Barsa Country
31. Dacians Then, Today Foresters, Hunedoara
32. Envious Dochia, a Spring Legend from Padureni, Hateg
33. Through the Szeklers' Gate
34. Water Mills from Rudaria, Mountainous Banat
35. Joyful Summer
36. Sacrificing the Ignat Pig
37. Fairy’s Pantry or the Magical Realm of Oas Country, Satmar
38. Tough Luck at Lower Viseul, Maramures
39. How Romanians, Hungarians and Saxons Settled in Barsa Country
40. Pause: on the Origin of Hungarians
41. Play: Csaba Returns, Hungarians in land of Szeklers
42. Pursuing a Life on a New Land, the Hungarians Arrive
43. Crossing the Sea-Like Forest
44. The Rotonda Church of Geoagiu, a Hungarian Legend
45. Legendary First Saxons of Transylvania
46. Unforgettable Legend of Rasnov’s Coat of Arms
47. The Screaming Waterfall, Buzaielor Country
48. Kronstadt, the Crown Burg, Brasov, a Hungarian Legend
49. Victorious Escape, Saint Ladislau at Calata Country, a Hungarian Legend
50. Ursula and the Gothic Knight from Bistrita Fortress
51. Towering at Carta Monastery, a Saxon Legend
52. Up at Bran, Building a Stronghold
53. Soimos Fortress, a Hawk’s Nest in Lipova, Crisana
54. Right on Time, the Sighisoara Clock
55. The Legend in the Tower, Densus Church
56. The Maramures Gates
57. A White Lie on the Lie Bridge in Sibiu
58. The Girls’ Fair in Zarand Country
59. Dipsa’s Sow Church, Where Pigs Fly
60. Vein Victims of Transylvania’s Tallest Tower, Bistrita or Sibiu?
61. The Value of Hunyadi’s Ring
62. Witchcraft or Death Organ at Prejmer
63. He Was Vlad the Impaler
64. The Arrival of Autumn
65. The Woodland
66. Victims on Foot, Jewish Emigrants to Transylvania
67. In Love all Things Seem Possible
68. Keep Nature as a Gift
69. Head to Poiana Brasov, to the Church of Pagans
70. Grind and Grime of a Janissary
71. Now, the Boy from the Big House and the Boy from the Barn
72. A Prisoner of Her Time
73. The Leaning Tower of Medias
74. Sentenced to the Lovers’ Jail in Biertan
75. Haunted Legend at Banffy Castle
76. Shepherding, a Life Enough
77. Shepherding, from Dobruja to Transylvania
78. Under the Spell of a Healer in Miklósvar, Covasna
79. Warrior Sava Brancovici, a Baptism of Faith
80. Zeitgeist of Monastic Life
81. Withstand in Faith, Sebes Tower and the Monk’s Hill
82. Whipping Matthias the King
83. The Prinslop Monastery as a Bequest from Lady Zamfira
84. Was it Worth It - a Salt Mine Story from Turda
85. On the Trail of the White Gold, at Turda Salt Mines
86. Oldest and Tiniest, a Story for the Wooden Church of Doba
87. Gazing at the Stars
88. Remote in Winter
89. Jewels, Wooden Churches from Chiesd, Salaj County
90. The Hajduk
91. The Ballad of Pintea, Hajduk of Maramures
92. Joseph and the Weapons on Tarnava
93. Into the Water, the Red Lake Legend up in Harghita
94. Young and Old - When Avram Iancu Met the Emperor
95. Time-lapse, Halmagiu Church, Arad
96. Some 19th century Travels to Deva Fortress
97. Life and Loss at the Castle
98. Monastery Rohia Lapus Came Through a Dream
99. Yearning, Mocani Migrating from Transylvania to Dobruja
100. In Memory and Heart, Life of a Shepherd
101. Bran, a Queen’s Desire
102. Zenith of Hope, A Saxon Memory
103. Riding the Mocanita Train
104. Quintessential, a Saxon Garden in May
105. Year-round, Richis Fortified Church
106. Lindenfeld a Deserted Village in Severin, Banat
107. Beyond the Surface, the Statue
108. An Emigrant’s Dreams, Timisoara
109. Zero or Infinity, Life Choices
110. The Szekely Potatoe Bread from Covasna
111. The Axis of Brasov, Rope Street
112. Tihuta Pass or Borgo Pass, the Contemporary Myth of Bistrita
113. When Life Had Other Plans
114. Legend of Cehei Pond, Salaj
115. Old Beliefs on an Old Land, Transylvania
116. The Hearth, the Heart at Corvin Castle
117. A Forest, Alive: Hoia, Cluj

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Dreamland, Banat, Crisana, Maramures, Transylvania, 100-WORD STORIES, Folklore and History” by Patricia Furstenberg is the second book in the book series “Romania in 100-WORD STORIES, Folklore and History”.

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