The Romanian tradition of the Sisinnios Legend (the 16th- 19th centuries): typology and manuscript variation

Mazilu, Marius; Timotin, Emanuela (Articol)

The Sisinnios Legend, a narrative which describes the influence of a female protean demon with multiple names who inflicts harm on pregnant women, women lately confined and newborns, has enjoyed an important diachronic and intercultural transmission. This article focuses on its Romanian tradition, and analyses more than 60 unedited codices preserved in archives in Bucharest and Cluj, dating from the late 16th century to the mid-19th century. The minute classification of the texts reveals the variability of the Romanian tradition, its multiple sources and layers. Occasionally, the narrative turns into a charm or acquires the features of the exorcisms approved by the Church, which explains the clergymen’s involvement in the transmission of the protective writing, although it was listed in the Index of Banned Books.”

Cuvinte cheie: archangel Michael, female demon, folk religion, newborns, and Saint Sisinnios

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2018, nr. 1-2, p. 190-218