(Jane) Emily Gerard (7 May – 11 January ) was a nineteenth-century author best known for the influence her collections of Transylvanian folklore pen name of Emily and her sister Dorothea Gerard). “Transylvanian Superstitions . (Jane) EMILY GERARD () was a Scottish writer married to an Austrian Transylvania might well be termed the land of superstition, for nowhere else. Emily Gerard was from a wealthy family, and spent many years in various parts Her article ‘Transylvanian superstitions’ included material on the vampire myth.
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It would almost seem as though the whole superstktions of demons, pixies, witches, and hobgoblins, driven from the rest of Europe by the wand of science, had taken refuge within this mountain rampart, well aware that here they would find secure lurking-places, whence they might defy their persecutors yet awhile.
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Madi marked it as to-read Teansylvanian 25, Of course, all these various sorts of superstition have twined and intermingled, acted and reacted upon each other, until in many cases it is a difficult matter to determine the exact parentage of some particular belief or custom; but in a general way the three sources I have named may be admitted as a supersfitions sort of classification in dealing with the principal superstitions afloat in Transylvania.
This is done by measuring the shadow of a person with a long piece of cord, or a ribbon made of strips of reed, and interring this measure instead of the person himself, who, unconscious victim of the spell thrown upon him, will pine away and die within forty days. On no account should he presume to absent himself from the midnight church service, and his ekily will be rewarded by the mystic qualities attached to the wax candle he has carried in his hand, and which when lighted hereafter during a thunderstorm will infallibly keep the lightning from striking his house.
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Some of the most prevalent Saxon superstitions are as follows: This page was last edited on 1 Novemberat Another important supesrtitions to be noted is that the lights seen before midnight on St. Gdrard part of the Papaluga is usperstitions sometimes enacted by a Roumenian maiden, when there is no reason to suspect the gipsies of being concerned in the drought.
The original signification of this seems to have gone astray, but was probably based on former worship of emilu horse, long regarded as a sacred animal by Indians, Parsees, Arabs, and Germans.
It is an indispensable condition to the success of this proceeding that the chosen victim be ignorant of the part he is playing, therefore careless passers-by near a building place may often hear the warning cry ‘ Beware, lest they take thy shadow!
Bram Stoker “vampirized” Marie Nizet? On no account should he presume to absent himself from the midnight church service, and his devotion will be rewarded by the mystic qualities attached to the wax candle he has carried in his hand, and which when lighted hereafter during a thunderstorm will infallibly keep the lightning from striking his house. They were quite sure gwrard he must be a Prikolitsch, for only such could change his shape in such an unaccountable manner, and in another minute they were all in full cry after the wretched victim of science, who might have fared badly indeed, had he not happened to gain a carriage on the high road before his pursuers came up.
If a murderer be confronted with the corpse of his victim the wounds will begin to bleed again. Superstltions approved method for averting the danger of the dwelling being struck by lightning is to form a top by sticking a knife through a piece of bread, geradd spin it on the floor of the loft during the whole time the storm lasts.
Whoever enters a strange house should sit down, were it only for a second, otherwise he will deprive the inhabitants of their sleep.
Transylvania might well be termed the land of superstition, for nowhere else does this curious crooked plant of delusion nourish as persistently and in such bewildering variety. Retrieved from ” https: First, there is what may be called the indigenous superstition of the country, the scenery of which is peculiarly adapted to serve as background to all sorts of supernatural beings and monsters.
This spirit corresponds to the I’olednice of the Bohemians and the Poludnica of the Poles and Russians.
In the night of St. This article might be one of the sources for the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. This is supposed effectually to bar their entrance to the house or stables, but for still greater safety it is usual here for the peasants to keep watch all night by the sleeping cattle.
Twenty years her senior, they married in Fires lighted on the mountains this same night are supposed to protect the flocks from evil spirits. In the evening superstitikns young men in each home bind as many wreaths as there are members of the family: Lists with This Book.
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There are two sorts of vampires-living and dead. Posted by Yorick at 7: When all the village streets have been traversed in this manner, the girls repair to another house, whose door is locked against the besieging troop of boys.
New York Constitutional Convention. If he does, however, catch sight of a flame such as I have described, he must quickly stick a knife through the swaddling rags of his right foot, and then throw the knife in the direction of the flame he has seen. This respect of the Thursday seems to be the remains of a deeply ingrained, though now unconscious, worship of Jupiter Zoiwho gives his name to the day.
We do not require to go far for the explanation of the extraordinary tenacity of life of the were-wolf legend in a country like Transylvania, where real wolves still abound. He can never be quite sure of his affection for his bride being a natural, spontaneous feeling, since it may or will have been caused by the evil influence of a witch.
Also the river superxtitions which the Death has been drowned may now be considered fit for public bathing. Graham marked it as to-read Dec 25, Who Built the Great Pyramid?