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The Thraco-Dacian Origin of the Paparuda/Dodola Rain-Making Ritual

By Mihai Dragnea

Abstract: This study presents an analysis of the rain-making ritual from Romania, called Paparuda, performed in the spring and in times of severe drought. The ritual is common also in the Slavic folklore, having the same structure. In this study, I will demonstrate that the origin of the rain-making ritual Paparuda/Dodola is Thracian, and that the South Slavic tribes from Balkans adopted the ritual from the Thracians. The ritual is present almost in the entire Balkan Peninsula, especially in the area inhabited by Slavs, which was Thracian before the Slavic migration from the 6th century.

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