Romanian mythological fairy, The Sun’s sister, loved by him, but running away from him, for fear of committing incest.
Versions of the myth
Iana Sânziana lives in the “sea gravel” (or" the sea islet"), at the White Monastery (hypothetically identified with an apollinic temple in the Pontiac island Leuke), built for her as a wedding gift, by the Holy Sun, who had looked for her for a long time amongst the stars.
In another version, in an archaic time, the Sun was a mundane king with a golden head, and his sister - a girl with a silver head. The planned wedding was held back by the kidnapping of the girl (in a version by God – but with pagan god pace) her metamorphosis in the “Moon” then her hiding in a place where the Sun could no longer find her.
Legend says that Sânziana was a poor orphan girl whom nobody cared about. Bad people beat her from place to place, taking even her peace away. She however supplicated God to have mercy and to lead her towards a better life. Forest birds and animals loved her dearly and came every day around her, some of them bringing her even something to eat: little sparrows brought bits of bread and larger birds - fruit. But not long afterwards, Sânziana got sick and the poor thing lay on a bed made of branches and grass. Saint Friday (dressed like a poor woman) just happened to pass on the forest road. She was on a journey to reward kind-hearted people and to harshly punish those who were evil. Seeing the cruel life the girl was leading, Saint Friday took pity on her and transformed her into a flower as fragile and delicate as her young body and as yellow as her fair hair.
And because she was blessed by Holy Friday herself, the Sanziene flowers protect people from harm. Each Sânziene flower has four small petals, placed in the shape of a cross and therefore it has power against all evil.