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HERDING IN RODNA MOUNTAINS


Elena ȘENDREA


1”Babeș-Bolyai”University, Faculty of Geography, 5-7 Clinicilor St., Cluj-Napoca, Romania


DOI: https://zenodo.org/doi/10.5281/zenodo.10397336
SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4808193


Abstract

The aim of this research is to analyze and compare the situation of the herding in Rodna Mountains from the past with the current situation of this activity. This paper highlights the specific elements that characterize the herding in the Rodna Mountains. This millenary activity, which represents the foundation of the identity of the Romanian people, wears in these mountains a slightly different garment compared to other areas of the Carpathians, due to its environment. Another aim of this research is to analyze the natural elements that allowed the development of this activity in the area of the Rodna Mountains. Long ago, besides agriculture, this was the main occupation of the inhabitants who lived in this area. Today, the authentic, traditional herding, is seen with curious eyes, nostalgic we could say, because it was almost transformed into an industry. But there are small exceptions. The research methods used in this study includes bibliographic research, analysis and synthesis.


Keywords:

herding, Rodna Mountains, traditions, transhumance

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