Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (6):
In Front of the Statue of a Dacian Aristocrat
By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design)
On 5-6 November 2020, when the first pandemic autumn was fully installed in Romania (along with the second pandemic wave), I photographed the three heavenly bodies that are reproduced on the Romanian coat of arms: the Sun (with a small halo), the brightest star (a role played this time by the planet Mars) and the Moon (with a small crown), and this made me think of the Romanians’ ancestors.
The Geto-Dacians were the northern branch of the Thracians (known today especially as Vlachs or Aromanians), had an oral culture and left fascinating material traces in history, such as the Tablets of Tartaria (a form of writing from around 5.000 B.C.E., before the cuneiform writing in Mesopotamia and the Egyptian hieroglyphics), the Cucuteni Culture (c. 5.000 to 3.000 B,C.E) and solar sanctuaries (including a solar calendar) in Sarmizegetusa (1st century B.C.E.).
About the Dacian astromythology, Zamolxis was the supreme solar god, Gebeleizis was the god of the atmosphere (lightning, thunder and clouds) and Bendis was the goddess of the Moon.
The Romans conquered a part of Dacia (105-106 A.C.) after 20 years of Dacian resistance, and were so proud that they dedicated to their adversaries more statues with Dacian aristocrats (“tarabostes”) and even Trajan’s Column in Rome.
Although finally the free Dacians (allied with the Goths) drove away the Romans (around 270 A.C.), the birth of the Romanian people is seen as a fusion of Dacians and Romans.
So that on November 6 I went to see the copy of the statue of a Dacian aristocrat (made after the original from an Italian museum in Florence) and…
Above the statue of a Dacian aristocrat
I saw an impressive flow:
The gods Zamolxis and Gebeleizis
Gave a great heavenly show.