Varvara Buzila and the world of traditional symbols

A veritable encyclopedia of symbols of our traditional culture, who by daily service contributes to their popularization and understanding

We live in a world of symbols present everywhere. Even our dreams are symbolic. Without them our life would not be possible. Communities were consolidated due to the subtle presence of symbols. Everybody wants to know the mechanisms of communication and the ancient cultural world. Varvara Buzila, Ph.D., associate professor, is a veritable encyclopedia of symbols of our traditional culture, who by daily service contributes to their popularization and understanding.



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Name, Suriname: Varvara Buzila
Date of birth: 19.11.1955
Place of birth: Trebujeni, Orhei
Studies: State University of Moldova, Faculty of Journalism, Specialty Literary Editor
Domain: social activity
Achievements: specialist in Moldovan’s symbolism and national cultural heritage’s promoter


  • People have always had the pleasure of reasoning by means of culture

In fact, traditional culture provides these tools of thought and expression. And everything we see represented in carpets, traditional costumes, towels, stone and wood doors are symbolic messages which are beneficial and produce in us good thoughts. To the extent that we learn their language, we gain their strength, they eventually become our friends. The exercise of symbolic communication is very important, because it allows us to be understood and perceived correctly. The desire to communicate and make a name for yourself remains a key issue for any society. The unpacking of this phenomenon occurs in traditional culture.


  • Myths, rituals, signs, symbols and values ​​are very much interrelated and they have enormous power

Even if a society forgets or loses the meanings of fundamental symbols, culture restores these signs into an actual circuit and thus the society reproduces their meanings, reshapes their dimension and loads them with entirely new meanings. We should carry out a research to see which of these signs and symbols were brought back into circulation. But, unfortunately such researches were not made. During the Soviet Era they were studied in Moscow or St. Petersburg, while in other socialist republics related disciplines were not included in university programs, because all these socio-humanitarian sciences would contribute to the development of solidarity, cohesion and social communication. Lack of their understanding eventually leads to identity crisis. At a specific time all states begin a program of reconstructing their national identity, after which an intelligent process of popularization follows.


  • My interest for traditional culture started during my childhood

I was born in Trebujeni Village, Orhei. I was born and rose studying a lot of history. From the 5th grade to the 10th grade, I grew on the archaeological site along with our archaeologists and students who worked there during the summer. When I was young I saw breathtaking stages for our artists. I saw traditional weddings with best men riding horses, with orations spoken on a stage with the groom and bride's roll of bread, soldiers outside the village, traditional funerals. This world of traditional symbols that I experienced in my childhood collided with the world of strangers, of otherness, as people from abroad came to see and know what a part of everyday life was for us.


  • Not everyone in Moldova equally to researchers or museum curators gets to know this enormously rich fund of traditional culture

There are some good intentions, less in some people, more obvious in others. National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History of Moldova organizes about 26-32 annual exhibitions where unusual objects are made available for people, that in fact were not exposed to the audience a long time ago in order to popularize our folk culture. There are many works written about the symbolism of our culture, but few of them end up being published and accessible to everyone. We should be pay  more attention to this issue and allocate resources popularizing these works in order to introduce them in our libraries so that the public is able to get an insight of our traditional culture.