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Published on Jul 21, 2009
"Păpăruda" performed by Surorile Osoianu. Romanian traditional rain invocation during severe drought, Moldova, Basarabia area version.
****** A girl/group of children, wearing fresh leaves and small branches knitted skirts, sing and dance, stopping at every house, where the hosts throw fresh water on them. Children are accompanied by the village people, who dance and shout on the music. This is a ritual of rain invocation during the severe drought times.
**** Paparudă, rudă, Vino de ne udă; Paparudă, rudă, Vino de ne udă; Ca să-nceapă ploaie, Să curgă şiroaie Cu găleata, leata Peste toată zloata: Unde dă cu maiul, Să crească mălaiul, Unde dă cu sapa Să curgă cu apa. Hai, Catrino să sărim, Paparudele, Că ştii iarna ce păţim, Paparudele, Ca pasărea prin copaci, Paparudele, Ploaie multă să faci, Paparudele.