If the Maid not only see her her unknown husband, but also wants to know the los that awaits her in marriage, so she goes to the night before the mentioned days out to a crossroads, sits down on the ground and imagines a bowl of fried fish and a cup of brandy down. Then the construction of the future husband will appear, now uses the same after the fish, then the marriage will be a happy, but she reaches for the cup, so the maid will have much to suffer in marriage. Accesses the shape of neither fish nor after the shot glass, so dies in the first years of marriage, either the husband or the wife

In the Transylvanian traveling gypsies on this occasion after a big meal with song and dance a sheathed with Fir needle, ivy and foliage straw doll, which burned "black man" (kalo manush) and the leftover ashes scattered in the different caves to the "bad to keep spirits "through the winter away. Each clan maintains some ashes from the burned doll in a pouch, to be rubbed on the soles of the feet of the sick thereby keeping death at bay. Even when love spells this ash will be used. The girls scatter on the evening of Andreas day some of this ash midst of their camp, "to dream of her future husband."-

Barks during the tree shaking, and the singing in the distance a dog, so marries the girl in question resfrist prior years. On the evening of the aforementioned day the gypsy maid pulls a hair from her head off, binds to one end and a ring on the other end, with two fingers tend hal, it leaves the ring in an empty vessels to oscillate back and forth . So often now abuts the ring on the wall of the vessel, so many years they must remain Maid. In the St. Georgi the eight southern Hungarian Gypsie girls blindfold a white dog and then let him go free, while each remains standing still, without a word of them at one place. Which Maid now the dog first approaches who also marries first, ie before all her companions.

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Folk belief and religious needs of the Gypsies

If the mother, a sister or a daughter of a sorceress woman dies , she has to drink the water from the cup , which they leave at the feet of the corpse , so that " the soul of the deceased bathe in it ." If she doesn't drink it , the dead take their wisdom with them and cease to be part of the guild , hence the saying : piyel sar covalyi ( she/he drinks like a sorceress , that she/he must drink , whether she/he likes it or not ) To keep her . wisdom and to preserve magic power ( covalyipen ) , she puts a burned pieces of the clothes of the just deceased, according to ancient Tradition , incinerated immediately after the burial of the dead. with this shred they then burn incense in the next midsummer's eve or new year's eve on any cross ways to capture the soul of the deceased still fluttering around the "realm of the dead" received after the complete rottenness of the body. For this very reason, they must visit the grave of the dead in the first nine days after the burial, for lunch. And let fall to the grave poppy seeds, so that the subsequent soul of the deceased may be acquired before the magic force weakens.

Such a Sorceress who rerceived her art from a Pcuvush or even a Nivashi (sprits of water and earth) are especially feared by their tribe. It is believed that they, with a Pcuvush or Nivashi, had a snake within their body, as a result of their intercourse, which could kill those who inflicted harm. In order to strengthen the of belief of their tribe, as well as prevent further intercourse with a Pcuvush and Nivashi, she would drink horse milk for the next nine days. When a Sorceress becomes old and frail she prepares herself for the journey into Mulengre (the realm of the dead) by allowing the nails on her hands and feet to grow. For it is the belief of the tribe that it is difficult to enter Mulengre and so their long nails allow them to climb the rock walls after death in order to move into the afterlife.



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