As much as I enjoy reading about the history of Moldova, I realize that most people will stop reading my blog if it solely consists of history lessons. Nevertheless, I thought I’d share a little about what I’ve learned thus far:
In his work, “Descriptio Moldaviae”, Dimitrie Cantemir posits that the foundation of the early Moldovan state is the subject of both Romanian and Moldovan legend. Some time in the early 1300s, a Romanian prince named Dragos ventured far to the east on a hunting trip, in search of now extinct wild bison called auroch. Drago’s hunting party came across an auroch in a secluded mountain stream, and proceeded to release his hounds. Unfortunately, Drago’s favorite dog, Molda, was gored to death by this wild beast. Drago decided to take the beast’s head as his royal crest, and build a new principality in the land, named after his beloved deceased dog.
See Charles King, The Moldovans – Romania, Russia, and the Politics of Culture (Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 2000), p. 13.
This story is the stuff of legend, and cannot be corroborated; however, the auroch’s head appears on both the modern Moldovan flag, and the Romanian coat of arms:
I’ll post more about what I learn, as I learn it (Dont worry, my blog will include my shenanigans in Moldova as well). I’ll be using a number of resources, but the best and most imformative by far has been Charles King’s book, cited below. I hope to find additional resources in Moldova.
Anyway, that’s all for now!