Unveiling the Monument of “Myoritsa”: A Timeless Moldovan Ballad

In early March 2022, Chisinau proudly welcomed the installation of a monument dedicated to the renowned Moldovan folk ballad, “Myoritsa,” skillfully crafted by Veaceslav Jiglițchi. For Moldovans, this ballad holds a special place as a poignant historical memory.

Although its plot deviates from traditional heroism, the central character embraces the concept of fate’s inevitability, urging acceptance rather than resistance. Amidst the narrative, the protagonist seeks solace in Sheep Myoritsa, who forewarns the young shepherd about two envious shepherds plotting his demise. In anticipation of his impending doom, the shepherd confides his final wishes to his trusted companion. Rooted in ancient rituals and beliefs, the symbols intertwined within “Myoritsa” connect to a bygone era, with historians tracing its origins back to the XII-XIII centuries, making it one of the earliest references to the Moldovan identity.


In 1846, writer Aleku Russo encountered “Myoritsa” from the Leutarians, inspiring his own rendition, later published by Vasile Alexandri. Alexandri encountered an altered version of the ballad, leading him to revise the original text and publish it in two collections of folk poetry. These efforts ensured the enduring presence of “Myoritsa” across generations.

The unveiling of the “Myoritsa” monument in Chisinau symbolizes the historical significance and lasting impact of this cherished Moldovan ballad. Despite its departure from traditional heroism, “Myoritsa” resonates deeply with Moldovans, emphasizing the acceptance of fate. Rooted in ancient symbols and rituals, it provides a glimpse into the emergence of the Moldovan identity. Aleku Russo and Vasile Alexandri played essential roles in preserving and adapting the ballad. Though translating “Myoritsa” poses challenges, its enduring allure continues to captivate and inspire, making it a treasured cultural gem.

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