We visited a museum of Puck Land and looked for some information about history and customs of our Kashubian community and facts in legends. Here is an interesting presentation connected with our trip.We could read some information about Florian Ceynowa our Kashubian poet and have a look at the song as well. I hope you will enjoy our presentation. Kashubia
The legend is about the Battle of Baia (a village which is situated at 9 km from Falticeni – The ex-capital of the medieval state ‘’Moldova’’) which took place in 1467 in the night of the 14th of December. The battle was between Stephen the Great and Matei Corvin. Corvin was injured in the battle and he was helped by a villager, his name was Harjap and they passed the mountains in ‘’Ardeal’’.The traitor was caught and locked in an old mine, from that day this mine was named “Groapa lui Harjap” (Harjap’s Hole); and the key which the mine was locked with is hidden under the “White Church”(the image above).
The myth is a fantastic story which tells us about the beliefs of ancient people, about the origin of the world, of the weather phenomena, about Gods and legendary heroes.
One of the most representative myth from our history is about Traian, The Emperor of Rome (98-117 b.c.) and Dochia, Decebal’s daughter the ruler of Dacia (the southern part of Romania). Traian fell in love with Dochia and he is tried to gain her heart. Dochia ran scared in the forest but Traian followed her and in the end he found her. Because Dochia didn’t wish to betray her people, she asked Zamolxis, the God, to save her by turning her into a stone. Even so, Traian, continued to love her. During his reign, Decebal had to run several wars with the Romans and in the year 101, Traianconquered Dacia, which became the territory of the Roman Empire for 172 years. Today, the peak of Mount Ceahlau, which is in the heart of Moldova is called Dochia, reminding of this legend.
I want to share with you with a legend about Queen Kinga, Hungarian Princess a Saint one and the ring which was found in a salt mine in Weliczka. An interesting legend. Kinga legend
You might recognize some actresses appearing in the short film made by our students. It is about Emil Škoda who was born in Plzeň on November 19, 1839 to a physician and politician František Škoda, and mother Anna Říhová. Škoda studied engineering and in 1866 became chief engineer of a machine factory which he bought three years later and began to expand it, building a railway connection to the facility in 1886 and adding an arms factory in 1890 to produce machine guns for the Austro-Hungarian Army. His facilities continued to expand over the next decade, and he incorporated his holdings in 1899 as the Škoda Works.
Can you imagine an army of women? Fighting against men? And winning? Yes, it happened. At least the legends says so. It is connected with the famous Libuše– maybe you remember the presentation about her in previous posts here. If you want to know more download Legend-of-Girls-War.
If you can understand Czech you can watch a funny theatre play based on the legend.
Our fruitful work in a the Museum of Puck Land. We went there to find some roots and historical facts about our region. A good story about Kashubian colours and a meeting with beloved granny and her granddaughter.