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The Sources:

Friedrich Müller :
"Siebenburgische Sagen"
Verlag Johann Gött, Kronstadt, 1857

The Case:

"In Magyar-Benye an der kleinen Kokel, gegenüber von Schönau, war ein Frau gestorben, welche allgemein für eine Hexe galt. Als bald darauf viele Leute in diesem Dorf starben, öffneten die Walachen, den Geistlichen an der Spitze, das Grab und fanden die Frau auch wirklich auf einer Seite roth auf der andere tod (gelb) und hinten an ihr ein Schwänzchen. Sogleich drehten sie dieselbe auf den Bauch und schlugen einen Pfahl durch sie. Da seufzte sie tief; aber das Dorf hatte Ruhe. Diese Begebenheit soll sich im Jahr 1833 oder 34 ereignet haben."

which more or less translates into the following:

"In Magyar-Benye along the "kleinen Kokel", on the other side of Schönau, a woman had died who was generally thought to be a witch. Soon after many people died in this village, so the Valachians, headed by the priest, opened the grave and indeed found the woman red on one side and dead (yellow) on the other, and at her back she had a little tail. Immediately they turned her on her belly and hammered a stake through her. She gave out a deep sigh; but the village was peaceful again. This event must have taken place in the year of 1833 or 1834."

The Date:

The events are said to have taken place in 1833 or 1834. To make things simple, let us list it under 1834...

The Place:

Magyar-Benye is the Hungarian name for a place called Biia. The German name is Bendendorf. Schönau is now called Sona and can be found East of Alba Julia. And Biia or Magyar-Benye is situated just a little to the North of Sona.

Possible Follow-Up:

Do the obvious and find Friedrich Müller's "Siebenburgische Sagen".

© 2012 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed March 2012

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