January 31, 2010
January 30, 2010
Transylvania: Many People!
It's in Romania
But it has many people
Hungarians, there are many
Romanians there are many too.
Many Many people
but not me and you!
We came came from there
A long long time ago.
Transylvania had Saxon,
but that was ages ago.
Still there are many many people.
Come and see Transylvania Let's go!
Okay not entirely factually correct, but what can you expect from a budding six year old writer? SO let's give him a big hand and a few comments as to his wonderful writing abilities.
January 29, 2010
January 28, 2010
I don't think most people really know Transylvania when they talk or write about Count Dracula. What amazes me, is that Stoker, when he wrote Dracula based it not upon Bran Castle but rather another castle, and another city far from the castle we associate with Dracula. Transylvania has a lot of castles, so one which is linked to the Romanian Royal Family is generally a good tourist booster. That being said, there is someone else who might just fit the "vampire" persona much better.
He does however know a lot about marketing...
Stoker, the younger, seems to want the ending to be similar, yet more hopeless than the original.
January 27, 2010
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Bistritsa: This would be the city closet to where my family used to live
Cluj: Another lovely city I want to see someday
Bran Castle: Queen Marie of Romania, need i say more?
Brasov: The Black Church fascinates me.
The Province Itself: It would be great to travel the area.
Sighisoara: well okay Dracula anyone?
Alba Iluia: Queen Maria and the History there.
Sibiu: For a Saxon this is a must visit.
Medias: The sights and sounds of this city are something to see.
Sebes: Because friends of mine say it's a must go and see place.
January 21, 2010
January 20, 2010
I love the tower above, but it also has a statue of John of Kronstadt, as the Saxons called the city, in front of it. A contemporary of Martin Luther, he is credited with bringing Lutheranism to Transylvania. of course this was during the reformation, and this was a critical time in the lives of the many Saxons in Transylvania.
Entire villages became Lutheran, and this would add to the huge list of religions in Transylvania: Lutheran, Jewish, Catholic, and Romanian Orthodox. This would add to the many traditions of Transylvania.
January 19, 2010
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January 16, 2010
Not counting wikipedia that is...because these days there is incorrect information on this website. This is something which you will need to think about when dealing with websites and information which is about Transylvania and its history and people.
It is hard to find good sites with some good information that mentions all of the people of Transyvlania in a good light.
Some will argue it's always has been a part of Romania, some will argue Hungary other suggest it should be broken up.... some will qutoe a website which proves their views whereas others will point to wesbites which are factually incoreect. This is not a good thing. Ne warned, nothing is good enough since you will need to refer to books and other hisotrical documents. These are a msut
Why? I suppose people don't know their history and don't understand what it is to be from Transylvania. Transylvania is a part of Romania but it is a part of Europe as well.
But back to Transylvania websites, can you give me a few whic you beleive will be helpful to read for people?
January 15, 2010
I also took a walk down memory lane when my mom told the same stories about pigs in the village she grew up. Now, remember this is in the 1950s so it was a group thing, a party and everything afterwards.
One pig-- about 100 people. everyone ate, but were still hungry. At the same time, someone commented that it used to be that people would have one pig-- about 200 people and the village would still go hungry. They had simply not added anything else to the feast.
This was because in the 1950s most of the land was collectivised and people would share what they had. Yet at the same time, there wasn't much to go around since many people didn't have much to begin with after the war.
January 14, 2010
I think I'll have a few of you on this one: which city is "considered" by some to be a part of Transylvania, but really isn't?
Can you tell me?
January 13, 2010
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January 6, 2010
(NB: this is done by a my cousin's son, and he is six... bear this is mind)
A Place in Romania.
It's really old,
It's really cold.
That isn't where Dracula is from
I am told.
My Grandfather lived in Transylvania
and so did their Grandparents, also.
I don't, but maybe when I am old.
I love the name Transylvania.
It's in Romania.
January 5, 2010
January 4, 2010
Yet, it is the people who have changed, they still have the old ways, but when I read out the lives of the people the striking thing about Transylvania is the young and old, the old of Transylvania with the past and the children of their children staying with them while their parents leave Transylvania for something better, often in Germany or other European countries.
The Unchanging Transylvania? Not really.
January 2, 2010
I often wondered “What is it that makes Transylvania so special, so unique and so controversial” in the context of the Romanian culture and history.
Before deciding what Transylvania is (for me and many other Romanians) I had to eliminate most of what Transylvania is not.
Transylvania is not the heart of Romania although it is the cradle of the first settlement and the beginning of more than 2000 years of history that started with Decebal at Sarmisegetuza, way before the Romanization of the Carpatinian land.
The reason this ancient and beloved region is not the heart of the country is mostly because its people are overly realistic, disciplined, hard working, and not sentimental enough to let feelings rule their lives.
Transylvania is not the soul of Romania either; its people are too practical and too straightforward to be “bothered” by transcendental questions and philosophical uncertainties. Their comfort zone is grounded in the palpable reality of everyday life.
Is Transylvania the brain of Romania? Again, the answer is no. Transylvanians are known to take their sweet time before making any decision whether big or small. Those solid people are analytical and well known for thinking everything through; events and history is moving way too fast for Transylvanians and keeping up with new realities proved to be hard for them.
So what is Transylvania?
The way I see it, Transylvania is the Magic Eye of a nation; that scrutinizing eye that keeps things in prospective, the eye that sees the obvious, but also the unseen. It is the objective eye that keeps in check the overly enthusiastic optimism the rest of Romanians suffer from.
Transylvania will forever be the unforgiving Eye that analyses and sorts out the details of a meaningful past as well as the only Eye that has an almost 20/20 vision for the future of an entire nation.
Thanks so much Petra, a very valuable and insightful post.
January 1, 2010
He was a Transylvanian Romanian, which doesn't shed to much light on the person he was, but he was of a family who were formerly serfs in Romania, and then rose to become a lawyer.
He is an important person to remember since his fame came at a price.
But today this is changing, according to some reports there is co-operation between Hungary and Romania, which might mean more people like Avram Iancu might see their place in history restored.
Who else do you think changed history which allowed the focus of other nations on to Transylvania?