(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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Transylvania might well be termed the land of superstition, for nowhere else does this curious crooked plant of delusion flourish as persistently and in such bewildering variety. On Tuesday evening about sunset, the evil spirit of that day is in its fullest force, and in many districts supersttiions people refrain from leaving their huts between sunset and midnight.

She spent much of her life in Austria, where she met and befriended Mark Twain[3] to whom The Extermination of Love is dedicated.

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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. He has only to repair to a][cross-road, at the junction of which he takes up his stand, in the centre of a circle he has traced on the ground. Supefstitions I am on the subject of thunderstorms, I may as well here mention the Scholomance, or school supposed to exist somewhere in the heart of supeestitions mountains, and where all the secrets of nature, the language of animals, and all imaginable magic spells and charms are taught by the devil in person.

Every winter here brings fresh proof of the boldness and cunning of these terrible animals, whose attacks gerarf flocks and farms are often conducted with a skill which would do honor to a human intellect.

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He therefore gave over the reins to her, and stepped aside into the bushes, where, emly the mystic formula he turned three somersaults over a ditch. Theses superstitions may be the last traditional and naive resistance of the myth in the European culture from which the sacred was banished in the age of Illuminism.

Supposing, for instance, that he wishes to ensure a flock, garden or field against thieves, wild beasts, or bad weather, the matter is very simple. There is always a treasure to be found near the place where the first swallow has been espied. Another important feature to be getard is that the lights seen before midnight on St. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Transylvanian Superstitions by E. Gerard

Particularly lucky is considered whoever dies on that day, for he will be sure to go straight to heaven, the door of which is supposed to stand open all day, in memory of the descent of the Holy Ghost at the baptism of Christ.

Or else go into the garden when no one is looking, shake a young fruit tree and return to the house without looking back; the fever will then have passed into the tree.


Another important feature to be noted is that the lights seen before midnight on St. Without presuming to contradict the many well-known authorities who have grrard this view of the case, I cannot help thinking that it hardly requires such explanation to account for the presence of death in these dramas.

Also at church, when the priest offers the blest bread to himself and his new-made wife, he will tremblingly compare the relative sizes of the two pieces, for whoever chances to get the smaller one must inevitably be the first to die. Becca marked it as to-read Oct 19, Keith Stone marked it as to-read May 26, The conditions to the successful raising of such a treasure are manifold, and difficult of accomplishment.

It is conducted in the following manner: Sometimes it is a dog instead of a wolf, whose form a man ‘has taken either voluntarily or as penance for his sins. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

There are many reasons why these fabulous beings should retain an abnormally firm hold on the soil of these parts; and looking at the matter closely we find here no less than three separate sources of superstition. An approved sort of love charm is to take the two hind legs of a green tree-frog, bury these in superstjtions anthill till all the flesh is removed, then tie them up securely in a linen handkerchief, and whosoever touches this linen will be seized at once with love for its supersttiions.

The gentleman in question, being old, and probably sceptical, declined the offer, to the great disappointment of the peasant deputation. But the Roumenian does not always endeavour to keep the evil one at arm’s length; sometimes, on the contrary, he invokes the devil’s assistance, and enters into a regular compact with him. To this end a tiny threshing-flail must be prepared for the male weasel, and a distaff for his female partner, and laid at a place the animals are known to frequent.

She reviewed German literature for the Timeshaving been educated in Tyrol. In one of the villages a story is still told and believed of such a man, who driving home from church on Sunday with his wife, suddenly felt that the time for his transformation had come.

Three burning coals placed upon the threshold will prevent the devil from carrying him off. This is the first part of the drama, while the second consists in one of the girls being solemnly invested with the clothes and ornaments previously worn by the figure, and like it, led in procession round the village to the singing of the same hymn as before. 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.

This custom of the Rain-maiden is also to be found in Servia, and I believe in Croatia. In some places it is believed that a fire lit by lightning can only be put out with milk. Graham marked it as to-read Dec 25, Only a few weeks ago he received the following letter, published in one of the local papers, and which I have here translated as literally as possible.

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.


Vain and futile as such researches usually are, yet they have in this country a somewhat greater semblance of reason than in most other parts, for perhaps nowhere else have so many successive nations been forced to secrete their riches in flying from an enemy, to say nothing of the numerous veins of undiscovered gold and silver which must be seaming the country in all directions.

In the night of St George’s Day so say the legends all these treasures begin to burn, or, to speak in mystic language, to “bloom” in the bosom of the earth, and the light they give forth, described as a bluish flame resembling the color of lighted spirits of wine, serves to guide favored mortals to their place of concealment.

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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. The feast itself is the great day to beware of witches, to counteract whose influence square-cut blocks of green turf are placed in front of each door and window.

If this detail be neglected the next year’s crops will assuredly fail. Chad Olson marked it as to-read Oct 27, K marked it as to-read Oct 14, Not a year passes without bringing to light some earthen jar containing old Dacian coins, or golden ornaments of Roman origin, and all such discoveries serve to feed and keep up the national superstition.

Rose added it Nov 18, To ensure the welfare of the cattle it is advisable to place a gold or silver piece in the watertrough, out of which they drink for the first time on New Year’s morning. Whoever turns three somersaults the first time he hears the thunder will be free from pains in the back during a twelvemonth, and the man who wishes to be ensured against headache has only to rub it against a stone or knock it with a piece of iron.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Paperback84 pages. In very obstinate cases it is further recommended to cut off the head and replace it in the coffin with the mouth filled with garlic, or to extract the heart and burn it, strewing the ashes over the grave.

Another man used gravely to assert that for more than five years he had gone about in the form of a wolf, leading on a troop of these animals, until a hunter, in striking off his head, restored him to his natural shape. If a murderer be confronted with the corpse of his victim the wounds will begin to bleed again. A new servant must be allowed to eat freely the first day he or she enters service, otherwise their hunger will never be stilled.

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