Discovering Râșca

Râșca will forever stay in my heart

The story began in autumn, when the leaves turned yellow and transformed the scenery in a magical one. In the words of Lucian Blaga, ‘eternity was born in the village’.

Growing up in the city and without grandparents, I was always fascinated by village life.

Unlike the hot weather in Cluj-Napoca, in Râșca I could feel the cold mountain air.

In the morning we set out to the valley where the immense dampness was ascending over the village.

The first men we met in our way was the singer in pew, who is called Petre.

Only then we arrived at the monument of the valley, dedicated to the ancestors in 1637 who established the beautiful parish of Râșca, also known as ‘the potato land’.

From the past traditions, the bee, the statute labour and the Sânziene Celebration, remind ourselves of the personality of the men from Râșca, borrowing traits from the mountains’ power. This men are renown for their hospitality and folkway appreciation.

The popular costume is worn in church on holidays, being said that it keeps the body clean and it banishes mean spirits.

The exclusive source of grain handling was the village’s mill in the valley where men would assemble and talk for hours and hours.

The local legend say that Sălănducu, a captain of voivode Gelu, died in the battle of Gârda. As the mother from the ballad ‘Miorița’, she fare forth to the land of Râșca to look for her dear son. Full of anguish because she couldn’t find him, she poured so many tears that all Gârda was filled with pebbles, these being called by the elder of the village

‘bănucăi’ (Romanian, untranslatable).

Modern ‘Cireșari’/Cherrysharers (meaning adolescents, from the word cherry, the title of a pentalogy by Constantin Chiriță), we continued our journey in a mysterious mine situated some meters near the Sălănducu monument, now inactive… Mysterious… because nobody knows why it twas closed.

Fortunate that I had an extraordinary experience, I can honestly say that Râșca will forever stay in my heart.

*This video was made during the workshop entitled Digital Storytelling by Cultural Agora @ Your Library 22-23 April 2015.

Project financed by the SEE Grants 2009-2014, Programme PA17/RO13. The facilitation of diversity in culture and arts in the framework of European cultural heritage in Romania. (_www.fonduri-diversitate.ro <http://www.fonduri-diversitate.ro/>_).