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Stories and thoughts about my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova

Religion and Post

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In Moldova a vast majority of the population is Orthodox, some are more hard core than others.  And one of the stereotypes that I have come to realize is that a lot of Moldovans believe that all Americans are Catholic.  I have been asked countless times if I am Catholic, and with my limited knowledge of the language I just go with it and say “yes” because it is easier to agree then to try and explain that I am a different religion, and what that religion is.

Now, where is all this coming from?  Well, several weeks ago I was walking home from work, doing my best to avoid the mud, and I saw a lady who works in my building and is good friends with one of the ladys in my office, she was on her way to the basilica (church).  We talked for a bit and she told me how she had been fasting for 2 days, she then asked if I was Catholic, and if we ever fasted.  I told her that yes I was Catholic, but no, we don’t really fast. Later that evening as I was eating dinner with my host family, my host mom asked me about if we fast or ate Post.  I explained to her we didn’t, and when she asked why, I didn’t really have an answer.

So, what is Post?  Post is a form of fasting that is similar to eating vegan. Another volunteer that I went through training with is working on eating Post now.  She wrote an excellent blog about the rules and the why.  Here is a link.  It seems that some people are more strict on eating Post then others.  My host mom told me she only planned on eating Post for the first week.  And why now?  Post is observed now as a part of the Great Lent and a preparation for Easter.

With Easter coming that means Spring is on its way!

O zi buna!

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Author: Mary O

Hi, I'm Mary. I am orignally from Spokane Wash., where I lived for 20 years of my life. I went to school in Bellingham Wash, at Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In June 2011, I moved to Moldova for the Peace Corps. In the Peace Corps, I am an Agribusiness and Rural Development Volunteer, and live in a town called Riscani, which is about 3 hours northwest of the capital city. I love Moldova, but there are somedays where I really miss all my friends and family in the States! Email me if you have more questions!

One thought on “Religion and Post

  1. I wish the weather made it look like Spring was coming. We’ve had snow off and on for the past week! None of it really sticking right now, but it’s just ridiculous that it’s snowing. I’m still holding out for a better summer than we had last summer. Good luck with your Post eating 🙂

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