Village legends


Description: Dionisie Papatsafa (Macedonian: Papacafa), the author of the book "Prikozmur din Meglenia" (Влашки прикасни од Меглене, Скопје 1997) is reading the legend of the foundation of his village Cupa (Greek: Koupa) in Greek Macedonia. Papatsafa was, like his father, a teacher at the Romanian school in his native village. As a graduate of the former Romanian High School in Thessaloniki, he spoke fluent Romanian, despite the fact he had never been to Romania. Beginning in 1864, Romanian authorities financed more than hundred Romanian schools in Aromanian and Meglen Vlach villages throughout the Southern Balkans. When the last schools were closed following the second world war, Papatsafa was forced to leave the country. He handed over the keys of the school to Greek officials and settled in Skopje in the former Yugoslavia. The example he reads from his book refers to a legend he heard from older generations in his village. As in all other Meglen Vlach villages, it is also said that Cupa/Koupa was located somewhere else and was formed by merging a number of smaller settlements. According the legend, the villagers were forced to battle the plague until they decided to follow a bee which showed them the ideal place to form a permanent village that was resistant to the horrors of the terrible disease.

Cite as: Legénda din Cúpa – Legend from Koupa; performer: Dionisie Papatsafa; camera/ interview/ transcription/ translation: Thede Kahl; editor: Ani Antonova, retrieved from, ID number: megl1237MKV0003a.