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MAGICAL PROPERTIES OF CERTAIN PLANTS IN THE CULTURAL TRADITION OF BANAT

Keywords: cultural traditions , Banat , onion , garlic , magical properties

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The presence of garlic and onion in the traditional pharmacopoeia, in ritual gastronomy and also in Romanian toponymy, is proof of these plants’ sacredness in Romanian area, especially in Banat. Since we are convinced that it’s not Romanian’s who became Christian but Christianity became Romanian, we looked for mystical, archetypal arguments, despite the industrial and socio-economical development of Timi county, because there still is an image of a very complex, live world, emerged from the traditional. The depiction of this vision on existence is necessary in order to understand the meaning of archaic special acts that can be found in every step even nowadays. The world of feelings is followed by the world without feelings, the world beyond, the world of death. The passage from one to the other is possible and beneficial (if it occurs on natural ways, strengthen by the ritual, the ceremonial filled with reminiscences of sacredness) or evil, random under the influence of dark powers, when eschatological terror occurs and entities not of this world (ghosts, evil spirits) enter our world. In popular tradition, these plants have miraculous powers in casting away evil spirits as well as gastronomical properties.

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