Additionally, the nearness of Death grows if the ill person keeps his or her eyes fixed upon his or her nails or upon a wall.
Romanians also view owls as “death birds”, and their calls hold the title of being the most powerful omen for death.
It must be said here that the vast majority of Romanians severely dislike being in cramped quarters but it’s just a fact of life that they’ve all gotten used to.
Places likely to be crowded: On a related note, Romanians do not have a strong obsession with germs.
Elderly people usually pick out their burial outfits ahead of time.
Others involve unusual and inappropriate sounds that certain animals might emanate, such as when a hen crows like a cock or a dog’s howling.
For Romanians, Death is especially lurking in the shadows when a house has both a sick person and a dog residing in it, and things become especially serious if the dog keeps its head down while howling and digging near the house.
Since I honestly (sometimes) feel like I’ve been here forever, hearing the stories of other people helps give me a Buddhist-like “beginner’s mind” perspective on things.
One of the advantages in writing about Romanian culture is that it is so heterogeneous, meaning that most of what you will read below is applicable just about anywhere in the country.