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The Wonderful Culture Of Romania

Feb 20, 2008
Culture of Romanians has its specific story, told by the geographic and historic context of its evolution. Romania is the only Latin country inhabited by orthodox Christians, keeping in the same time their Roman origins.

Romanian culture bears the signature of both European Classical and Oriental cultures. Being essentially a traditional pastoral country, it also has a parallel in popular culture, which is both earthy and vibrant, rich in folklore. Urban culture developed around monasteries and the royal courts, and dealt with theosophy, ethics and jurisprudence. Among the cultural giants at the turn of the 18th century was Dimitre Cantemir, whose writings on the Turkish Empire earned a lot of fame.

Traditional culture was already vibrant at the time, and an example of the rich folklore of Romania is evident in the ballad "Miorita", which is taught in junior school to enlighten young Romanians about their cultural heritage. The story is deeply rooted in Romanian belief in destiny. It is about three shepherds, two of whom turn against the third out of envy. They even planned to kill the third shepherd. He gets to know of the murder plot from a magical sheep in his flock, but instead of taking steps to save his life, he gets reconciled to his fate with stoic fatalism. The only wish he has is that if he is done to death, he should be buried in the meadows to be forever in proximity with his herd and his loyal sheepdogs.

Romanian culture has also been influenced by the cultures of different people, who have ruled over Romania. From the Romans, the Hungarians, to the Austrians and the Turks, Romanian culture has imbibed a lot of elements to make it a cultural melting pot. It also has some French influence, owing to the French education received by a number of students, who went to study in France during the 19th century.

In Romania culture is also widespread. Ask any person on the street and they will recite fluently the poems of Mihai Eminescu, the most renowned of all Romanian poets. They could also quote from the plays of Ion Luca Caragiale, the greatest Romanian playwright. Caragiale was famous for his tongue in cheek depiction of Romanian society with all its corruption, pretense, loudness and absurdity. His writings are considered particularly relevant today, especially with regard to the politics of the day.

Then there is the immortal literature for children penned by Ion Cranega. He was a master storyteller, whose book "Childhood Memories" is considered to be a universal children's book and is read to all Romanian children. It is said that every child can find something to relate in the writings of Cranega.

Romanian culture means the musician George Enescu and painters like Nicolae Grigorescu. It means sculptors like Constantin Brancusi and artists like Gheorghe Zamfir, who enjoyed the world with his panpipe.

Finally, it can be said that Romania is a country of spiritually inclined people, who have faith in God's Grace and have passed on love for their priceless culture down the generations. That culture is inculcated in their young at an early age, by the mothers singing lullabies as they comfort their babies, and by the school curriculum, which teaches children the values that people cherish.
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