This is my first post on Dacian Lore, I hope to write more of what I know of my ancestors and their wisdom.
I think I should start with a quick intro. Dacians are the ancestors of modern Romanians. They are part of the Thracian ethnic group that lived north of the Danube in and around the Carpathian Mountains.
Dacians are one of the oldest peoples in Europe, proof of that are the Tablets from Tartaria, golden tablets with writing that was proven to be older that the sumerian language (which is supposed to be the first). These golden tablets were copied and then melted by a former romanian king (Carol I if i recall correctly), another example of how man's greed destroys knowledge. The copies were later lost, some ending up in the possession of various collectors around the world.
In any case, coming back to Dacians... They were a very spiritual people, all of them being disciples of the Mystery School of Zalmoxis. This Mystic System believes in the immortality of the Soul, that healing comes from within, and so on. More on this later on. Zalmoxis is basically an Ascended Master who was deified.
The dacian priests who studied the teachings of Zalmoxis were called Ktistai or Kapnobatai, in translation meaning: "those that walk through smoke" or "in the clouds". This was mostly due to their use of cannabis as a meditation catalyst.
Also, I should mention another important fact. All rituals, ceremonial gatherings, etc, held place in the sacred mountain called Kogaionon. This is said to be the Bucegi Mountains, with the Sphinx of Bucegi as a central focal point.
Now, to the actual topic at hand. I want to talk about Hultans. They were dacian mystics, chosen at birth for their special nature (7th son of the 7th son, or children born with the placenta on the crown of their head). This babies were taken away by a Hultan and taken in "Crugul Pamantului" (romanian for Center of the Earth). In this Inner Earth, the children were taught the sacred sciences (alchemy, astrology, philosophy, healing, etc ) and until the age of 21 they would study and practice to become full Adepts of the Mysteries.
Upon graduation they were supposed to write all their knowledge in a book (magic book, book of shadows, whatever you want to call it).
Aside from this book, Hultans also carried a magical iron axe which they used to summon dragons from frozen lakes. They summoned dragons to ride them, flying in the skies.
They were also said to have power over weather, bringing hale storms to punish the wicked.
Hultans were travelers and hermits, many times posing even as beggars to test people to see who is kind and who isn't.
Another "fun fact" about them is that they were said to loose their powers if they would take a bride or have sexual intercourse.
To conclude. I should also make mention of the dragons in dacian folklore, aka "dracones".
Unlike most depictions of dragons, in Dacia, dragons were Serpents with Wolf heads. This is of course highly symbolic, with endless meanings, but most importantly is that they saw this dragon as Ophites see the Serpent (aka "the Instructor") and as Native Americans call the Wolf (aka "the Great Teacher").
Thank you. Yes, thracians and all their culture (dacian culture included) is very interesting and very vast. But unfortunately, for some reason the powers that be don't allow archaeology to dig up anything. For an unknown reason, here in Romania archaeology doesn't follow up on anything dacian-related. They say they were our ancestors, they mention a few kings decades apart from each other, a few thracian gods like Gebeleizis and Bendis, and then they mention the daco-roman wars and they claim that romans conquered Dacia. Which is bs... romans conquered a very small part of Dacia, and then in the 3rd century the Goths, Carps (a dacian tribe), and Free Dacians (north of the conquered territory) united together and drove the romans out. This resulted in what was later called the "Aurelian Retreat".
Anyway, point is, that aside from this mainstream knowledge, little else is given, and nothing is researched. All those that do research dacian lore are considered "heretics" and "pseudo-historians" by the scientific community. Students that want to dig up lost knowledge are told to write about specific topics and not to stray.
I will try to write what I know, from books I've read, from folklore I've heard, and will try to spread word of my ancestral culture.
Do share yes, i would love to read more about it.