Today I shall take you for a walk in a forest we shall go near Bucharest where is a little pond where witches are supposed to come, we can hunt treasures as today is a big day.
This Sunday will be 50 days since Easter, for many that mean the day when the Holy Spirit came on earth and the apostles started to convert more people to Christianity. Today in my country we also celebrate a Roman holiday named Rusalli. So take my hand and let me tell you their story. Rusalii are some beautiful women, they are supposed to be the daughters of Rusalim Emperor, for some a personification of Jerusalem, others say that the Rusalii are just some beautiful girls with magic powers. In any version, they are known to be bad if you upset them. They like to dance in the forests, and those that see them get enchanted by their beauty and their dance so enchanted that the only way to bring back that person is to let Calusarii( every year in some areas of my country there will be a group of 13 men who will dance this traditional dance in this time, the dance is known to bring good luck but also to help those that were enchanted by the Rusalii) dance on him or her.
Where the Rusalli are dancing the grass will get black, and if any mortal is watching will be punished. Some say’s that the herbs are healing in this time until July when is another holiday like this one. On the Rusalii people put all kinds of green leaves on doors some even put garlic to keep the bad spirits away. The green is supposed to bring good luck.
I know is dangerous to have this walk so if you are afraid to come and walk with me here you can go I will have this by myself. For women should be less dangerous, the Rusalii prefer men more than women. But if you are not afraid then grab my hand and let’s go.
We can feel the grass, feel how relaxing is to walk even if is quite dark, can you feel the smell of the linden tree? Is so powerful. There you can also feel the smell of water, can you?
Yes, I thought that you feel it.
Come close to the pound we shall find a spot on the grass near the water to just stay and enjoy.
On this night we might also maybe see some flames as is a big night, the flames of a treasure might also appear or we might have the good luck or bad luck to meet the white-dressed girls, the Rusalii.
Is so quiet, you can hear the wind and also somewhere in the dark I think is a little frog as I can hear.
Mmm, there is a strange sweet smell can you feel it? It doesn’t seem to be from a linden tree.. is so sweet and the air seems so hmm bit strange…
Are you a bit scared that we might meet the beautiful girls?
Talking about beautiful girls, do hear that noise?
It seems we are not quite alone, can you hear them. We are not alone, the wind started to be stronger and also the sweet smell. There is something white can you see? Right there near the tree… Looks like a human, shh keep quiet.
Yes, we see good there are… they look like beautiful women indeed, so beautiful and with such white dresses, they seem like fireflies, they are lighted. They seem so beautiful and they dance so beautifully. I just feel so drawn to them to go and dance with them. Can you hear them, they sing, so nice like they are from heaven. If I didn’t know they can be dangerous I would go dancing with them.
What are you doing? Stay down they will see us!
Where do you think you will go? You can’t go to them, can you hear me?
No way, you got enchanted by their song, you can’t go to them to dance with them. That’s too dangerous, don’t go, please.
Wait! You forget they are evil and they can punish you, I took you here not to go to them.
But even if I beg, he goes away, and they see him, they still dance and sing so nice.. so nice that I’m so tempted to go to join them. He is near now, and I can’t stop him, they now see him, one is taking his hand, he grabs her and starts to sing like them. He is too enchanted. He is dancing with them, I feel so drown in them. I try to resist the feeling…
Try to not go, now they seem to be floating not dancing and the wind feels so good. It is strange how I know it’s not good to go but my curiosity is so big to just see them a bit closer.
Just to have a grasp of them … I can’t resist the feeling I need to see them closer no matter what. So I m going to them, to dance with them to feel their hands in mine to float with them. Oh, they saw me, they call me, they know my name. Here I come to dance with you to discover your mysteries…
Mmm I feel so tired, I can hear the birds singing it seems is morning, I’m near a pond and a forest it seems I got asleep here… in the middle of nowhere, I can’t remember too much, I do have a strong headache. It seems I’m alone, even if I remember well last night I wasn’t. I think I dreamed about the Rusalii ?! They were so beautiful and they dance so nice, they were like floating and I think I dreamed that they took me with them. We were flying ?! We got into another forest, a forest where I never been before was full of long trees and there were many big stones. Then they showed me a cave, we enter inside, they were smiling. They showed me a treasure, I think there were big boxes with all kinds of golden things. There were rubies, sapphires, and all kinds of stones. They smiled and show me their treasure, there were also some books, they seemed so old, they were in skin covered, but wait there in corners were some skeletons… Those skeletons were wearing some jewelry. The rest of the dream I can’t remember. But wait what I have on my neck, this is not my necklace… so I wasn’t dreaming…
I hope you like my fantasy story, the beginning of the story is the real traditions that we have on their day, also the dance with Calusarii, I will tell you on another trip more about them. For now, I hope you liked my story…