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Transylvania Beyond the Vampire: A First-Hand Memoir

This talk is an experiential memoir of folk magic and supernatural belief from a childhood in ‎Transylvania‎.

Even under the Soviet regime, Transylvanian culture remained filled with spells, spirits, ghosts, counter-magic, amulets, talismans and charms. Vampire belief is the part of this that has become most famous in the West, but there is much much more. Calendar customs, semi-pagan ceremonies and folk rites all characterised the lives of the Transylvanians right through the 1990s. Benjamin Davies recounts what he saw, lived and was taught during his youth, taking us to “Transylvania beyond the vampire”. Benjamin Davies now lives in London, holds an M.A. in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex and has worked in emergency immigration rescue efforts.


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Date and Time:

23 August 2007 at 7:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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