The basic element of purification is the absence of the menstrual blood, as in each area of the traditional mentality, it is thought of a spoilt, defiled, evil doer, creating ill-fated situations. A woman during her menstruation period is submitted to several interdictions. She is not allowed to cook, to join the others at the table, to make calls, to touch a sacred object or to perform charms. "
Yet, there are some magic practices that succeed just while the menstruating, especially because the menstrual blood becomes the basic element of the deed. Thus, in order to turn her husband's eyes from other women's beauty or
from physical lust, the wife pours a few drops from her menstrual blood in her husband's liquor and says:
"Holy Mary, You Holy Mother,
May John leave me
When this will leave me. "
No doubt that
the effect of this practice is seen in time: the man will be old when the woman will stop menstruating, so he won't be tempted by the desires of the youth time.
As a measure of forewarning it is better that the young wife should
lubricate the corners of the house and the threshold with her menstrual blood, likewise she should drop salt and pepper on the threshold and in the corners of the house for remoting the evil spirits. These practices belong to the
class of accepted 'doings' (secretly by women) considering their beneficial aims, of protecting the familial harmony and the sacralizing of the intimate space. This one must be sealed somehow by the life of its owner. The menstrual
blood holds the seal of the mistress' life and character. Appealing to this secret marking, the space is dominated and submitted.
"The magic concept of the space approaches, mostly the one of sensitive experience, as a
matter of fact, the geometrical space; the magical space is characterised by the fact that each of its sides has magic accents. Whereas the geometrical space can be divided into countless, shapeless parts, within the magic one,
each part bears the same shape as the whole. Likewise for the magical thought the space of an object takes part in its own existence."
There is a causative link between the space of life and life.
In order to influence
positively the mutual understanding and harmony within the house, the wife has to resort to these magic practices for forestalling.
There is always an influence relation between the success of an action and the space where it is
performed. Thus in the familial space, the luck is settled. That is why when a member of the family dies, there must be taken certain measures of settling the luck. "The measure of the dead man is taken and put in the stable
and girder so that the luck cannot leave the home" or "when the dead is taken out, the door is closed until the dead has passed over the threshold and all the family stays indoors in order to forget the one who is
gone and to keep the luck with them in case it wants to run away."
For the purification of the air there must be done incencings, and not only for holidays, but also for other events- when a new building is started, when a
fountain is dug, when animals, especially cows, are bringing forth, etc.
In the traditional man's concept, every element of his householding has its own purpose and a well defined role, as a distinct link
of chains full of meanings and old customs ,beliefs and inheritted customs of mythical and magical essence from past generations. If we consider the house as a central privileged space, structured geometrically at its turn around
the archetypal hearth , the gate becomes the third passing threshold ,the first limit circle after one of the house door and the one of the porch. The first circle is the fire place and the room that shelters it- the place
where the biggest part of the family's life unfolds . The living space is very carefully chosen -the traditional man always takes into account the magical aspects both during the process of building and after it
is done. Under the threshold the man places some stuff with magical qualities : garlic, pepper , salt , holy water and silver coins. They have to protect the space from the night's aggression ,especially of the evil's.
practice of purifying the stable after an animal's bringing forth are very important and they relate directly to the keeping of manna of the cow's milk. Here it is for instance a charm of Cupseni Charm for preparing cows or
young cows when they bring forth for the first time.
For this charm you need two brothers - a little boy and a little girl , a candle from a child born by a mother that had never given birth before and a silver ring that has
passed through seven weddings and spoiled by so much use; a kerchief belonging to a woman who owns a cow and a basket for the cleaning of the cow, holy water , incense , basil, osier rot , dry excrements and milk pot.
incense and the rot are laid on the embers and the cow's legs are smoked and then the whole stable. You take the kerchief and touch the cow's horns with it crossing it three times . When you smoke you cast the spell.
"Holy Mary, You Holy Mother,
Prepare this young cow,
By my speech,
But I am not worthy,
'Cause I'm a sinner,
But those two young brothers are,
May this young cow be prepared."
You sprinkle holy water over the cow and say the spell. You take the remaining from the cleaning of the cow, put it in the basket and give this one to the young boy. The child holds
the basket in one hand and in the other one, he holds an end of the belt. The girl holds the other end. They have to walk round the cow three times. While doing this, you say again the spell:
"May this young cow be spoiled
May its milk be taken
Only when these two brothers
The children hold each other's hands over the cow, if they cannot reach their hands, they put the belt between them and make
the sign of cross. When they hold each other's hands you take the milk pot and put the wedding ring in it. You milk the cow with your hands crossed over the wedding ring saying the spell. You take the milk pot and walk round the
cow three times while spelling. The remains from its cleaning are put under the bridge where the cow stays or under the threshold of the house. If you cannot lay it there, you put it in a still water, in a pool. You smoke again
with incense and that's all; nothing will get close to the stable or harm the cow.