April 12, 2014 – Keepsakes from Transylvania

OK, so it took a while to finish up the Transylvania series. I end with some of the keepsakes Linda brought back.

Red embroidered cloth is very common in the area. These are only a couple examples.

A village hat is the keepsake, not the guy wearing it! Do I look happy like Pharrel Williams?

Delicate bracelets for the girls (shh, they haven’t been home to see them yet).

This is an impressed copy of the Edict of Torda, issued in 1568. It was an important statement of religious freedom when the mainstream church was clamping down on the reformation as nations were trying to consolidate power by merging the dominant religion with the state and creating a state religion resulting in providing a reason to torture or kill those who were opposed to the state-imposed religion. To refresh your memories, Martin Luther’s 95 theses were posted in 1517. The thoughts live on in the U.S. Constitution’s first amendment a couple hundred years later: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

This document is a copy of the traditional Transylvanian blessing, found in churches and homes across Transylvania.

Finally a couple of tapestries, one them a gift from the Unitarian Bishop.