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September 18, 2009

Paparuda Project

Filed under: R.I.V.E.R. — maadi @ 1:39 pm

“Paparuda” or “the rain caller” is a Romanian rain ritual of pagan origin performed in times of severe drought. The ritual  sometimes involves  a wooden or a clay human shaped  doll, that is made by young girls and is decorated with flowers. The girls carry the doll through the village and sing the “Paparuda” song, as people throw water from the river on them. After that, the doll is put on a tray with the flowers and candles around it, and is set free on the river.




Photographs created during   R.I.V.E.R. (Representing the Identities and the Voices of the European Riverains), project financed by European Commission under the 2007-2013 Culture  Programme.

The  participants  (others than me, Madalina Paunica)  were: Justyna Aulak, Valerio Pallotta, Marcella Dragan, Beata Jarmuz, Matteo Giacchella, Lavinia Musat, Justyna Jakobowska, Sabina Trifilo, Aranka Ravai, Elisa Mattiacci, and Maciej Bohdanowicz.



  1. Bravo, sunt exceptionale!

    Comment by VladimirC — February 1, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

  2. Multumesc de apreciere.

    Comment by madalina — February 1, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

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