mythical castle of Dracula the vampire.
see them dance like lights (explains M.D., of Sirbi, Maramures, Rumania,
1991), more especially on tuesday and saturday nights (...). They are
very dangerous (...). If you meet them on your way, you must say them
: "Come to my house to have the ita and the spata".
The next day or later, if a woman comes and ask you if she can borrow
the ita and the spata, it is one of them!
figure of the strigoi then becomes more precise. They wander about
fields and roads, half-way between wild nature and human settlement (...),
always between two worlds, in the form of dancing lights. And M.D. indicates
the divinatory technique used to identify them (...). Then, the strigoi
can no longer hide in the shape of a luciola in the night. It takes the
shape of a familiar human being, of a neighbour coming to your place by
chance , but not the good chance that changes the foreigner into a host,
but a bad one that turns your neighbour into someone suspect (...). One
is not a strigoi by nature or birth, but by one's acts : one becomes
And one becomes a strigoi by assuming the role of a sorcer ,of one who
knows how to "cast evil spells", vraji, or "do incantations",
descinta, and who is particularly expert in putting "curses
by words", blezgoi.