The witch in all of us

Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Radiana Piț, our point of contact here in Romania; artist and translator of Yearning for Spiritand, witch. Undoubtedly, she is the most inspiring person I have encountered so far during this journey.

Far from the broomstick-ridding hags of myth and fairytale, the witches of Radiana’s world are empathetic, intuitive souls who are consciously aware of and connected to their environment. Setting aside all paranormal links for one moment, there is no denying that the philosophy which Radiana adheres to encourages mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

To be a witch is not to cackle over cauldrons and cast spells, but rather to feel a deep connectivity to oneself and one’s habitat.

Indeed, there is something of a witch in all of us.

It is this mental outlook which shapes Radiana’s beliefs in relation to death and the afterlife. Using the term “death positive” to describe her stance, her belief is that we should not fear death, but instead regard it as a natural part of existence. That is not to say that one should approach the matter light-heartedly: Radiana seems to be the last person to trivialise death. Rather, Radiana exudes as position of sincere surety. In her mind, finding and being true to your own soul’s potential is what matters.

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Radiana Piț, a Romanian witch, being interviewed for In Search of the Dead.

Without a doubt, death positivity is an unusual position to encounter, not just in Anglo-American culture, but in Romania as well. A country of deep superstition and religiosity, pre-occupation with ‘where one will end up’ after death is commonplace. One’s reputation and position in society – in both life and death – are also hugely important. As such, the fear of making a mistake in life that would inhibit one’s ability to be reunited with loved ones after death haunts most people. Whilst I can only begin to understand a culture which is still alien to me (indeed, how many of us can accurately describe the culture of our own birth, even?), the widespread belief in spirits of the dead in Romania makes sense within this context. Death is an ever-present part of life.

Maybe we should all, therefore, think more of the witch inside of us. Surely the world can only benefit from people less afraid, people who are instead more in tune with themselves, their environment and, ultimately, death. 

6 thoughts on “The witch in all of us

  1. Wow. That sounds amazing and very true words you expressed. I would love to meet people like Radiana. I’m very jealous of you now lol. Sounds like everywhere you go leaves a very deep impression on you guys. Safe travels.

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    1. Thanks, Antony. We’re sorry that you are jealous, haha! If our documentary can express just a fraction of what we have experienced during this whole adventure then we will be so pleased – and we hope you too! Every moment has been wonderful, challenging and unlike anything we had expected. Best wishes to you and yours.

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    1. Indeed, such a mentality is gaining traction. The expanding popularity of the Spiritualist Church in the UK, for example, is testament to this. However, it is still very much in the minority (in both Anglo-American and Romanian cultures). Traditional religious beliefs, as one would expect, plays such a huge part in this.

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  2. It’s really fascinating to see the perspectives of people and how they approach the idea of death. It is something you must live with knowing. It is one if not the biggest question of our existence; what happens after death? I love to listen to the points of view of individuals in regards to this topic. The mysterious always seems to leave us including myself yearning to learn more and question more. For it is like me that I am open-minded that I greatly enjoy listening and learning about the paranormal and mysterious.

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