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Nr: 32-33
March-April 2007

Braşovul la Bruxelles
Study case: Brasov County, Romania
Etude de cas: Brasov, Roumanie
Studio di caso: la provincia de Brasov
Festival Maghiar la Apaţa
Magyar Festival at Apaţa
Festival Magyar à Apaţa
Festival Ungherese ad Apaţa
Turism de cinci stele la Braşov
Five Stars Tourism at Braşov
Tourisme de cinq etoiles a Braşov
Turismo di cinque stelle a Braşov
200 de ani de prezenţă evreiască la Braşov
The Jewish Community of Braşov
La Communauté juive de Brasov
La Comunità ebrea di Brasov
Picturile lui Gabriel Stan
The Quest of Gabriel Stan
Mândra, o zonă naturală
Storage Lakes and Touring Area
Lacs d'accumulation et zone touristique
Bacini di raccolta e zona turistica
Prefecturi la standarde europene
Prefectures on EU Standrads
Préfectures à des standards UE
Prefetture a standard UE
Moieciu luptă pentru păstrarea obiceiurilor
Say "Cheese" and eat It!
La joie du fromage
L'allegria del formaggio
Muntele Tâmpa
Mount Tampa - a peculiar Reserve
Muzeul de Etnografie Braşov
Reconstituting anciens Ways of Life
Reconstituer d'anciens modes de vie
Riconstituzione di vecchi stilli di vita
Paştele şi ouăle Învierii
Easter and the Resurrection Eggs
Les Pâques et les oeufs de la Résurrection
La Pasque e le uova delle Risurrezione
Ceremonialul "Plugarul"
The Ploughman's Custom
Il Costume dell'Aratore
Predeal, ţinta vacanţelor reuşite
Predeal, the perfect destination
Predeal, la destination parfaite
Predeal, la destinazione perfetta
Fasching - Caravana Clătitelor
The Pancake Caravan
La Caravane de Crêpes
La Carovana delle Crêpes
Ceremonialul focului la Şinca Nouă
The Wheel on Fire
La roue en flammes
La Ruota in fiamme
Balul portului popular la Rupea
Popular Clothes' Bal
Le Bal de l'Habit Populaire
Il Ballo degli Abiti Popolari

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The Ploughman's Custom







In Brasov county there are magical costumes, handed down across time, that still gather the entire community. One of these amazing feasts is The Ploughman?s Ceremonial, celebrated in the villages Vad and Venetia and Tara Oltului area. The custom?s purpose is to invoke the willingness and the protection of the forces believed to govern the chthonian and vegetal world.

Mediator Element

The tradition has its roots in some magic beliefs and celebrates the first householder of the village ready to plough. He used to be considered once as the mediator element between the village?s population and the supernatural forces.
The ceremony of the Ploughman?s custom starts with a ludicrous moment: the young who had the courage to be the first one to seize the plough, validated by the community?s youngsters, hides into the farm and the others go in quest of him. When they find him, they put a wreath on his head and gird him with a greenery belt. They hoist him on a harrow and the entire procession of youngsters, girded with greenery belts, goes to the river.

Party for a reach Harvest

The procession, surrounding the ploughman, stops at the river bank. The men throw the harrow in the water. The ploughman climbs on it and sprinkle with water everybody on the river side. After the ceremony, the procession returns to the ploughman?s house, where they organize a great party, wishing a reach harvest for that year. The ceremony still conserves its ritual aspect, combined with mimic elements, music and dance.

Sacred and profane

The costumes dedicated to the agricultural labors have an augural signification, due to the importance of the primordial in the traditional mentality. In the popular mentality, the water is not a pure sacral element, like in the religious one, but a strict fact directly involved in the work process. It keeps nonetheless its signification as a lustration, with a primordial fecundity meaning.






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