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A FEW CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING THE SITE ENCICLOPEDIA DACICA

Prof. Ioan Dorin Popescu


"Work, patience and tenacity. As valuable tools for the information technology, can produce extraordinary results". This is how I would define the achievement of Mr Catalin Borangic, who managed to create an extraordinary website, covering the elements of the Traco-Geto-Dacian , Romano-Dacian and the transition from the Daco-Roman civilization to the Romanian people - until the arrival of the Hungarians.
In over 600 pages, in which the history, the tradition, the mythology and the religion inter-twine with each other to define the path travelled by the Romanian people from the oldest times until the formation of its ethno-cultural individuality as an European people, plenty of information offers the reader the possibility to compare the data always coming from multiple sources, beginning with the writers of the antiquity, to famous and prestigious names of the modern historians. The transition from a piece of information to another, the visualization of the documents or images is made easier by the "`hyperlinks", which are changing the study of the material into a pleasant activity : The reader does not need to go to the library to find information about a note anymore, but rather he can see it immediately on the screen, with a "click" of the mouse.
Structured in twenty parts, the site presents ample information regarding the economical, political and religious life of the populations inhabiting the territory between the Balkans, the Carpathian Mountains and the Black Sea, with a special attention to the civilization of the old Dacians, but also addressing the transition from the Dacian history to the modern Romanians, trying to demonstrate the existence of the connection considered extinct over the " millennium of silence". This millennium is still covered by traditions, customs and myths which added together are creating the image of an original Romanian universe, whose connection with the old Dacian civilization is undeniable.
The first part of the site is dedicated to the Alba region, with the following chapters showing the military aspects, the Dacian civilization as a whole, with the transition from the Dacian civilization to the pre-Romanians and Romanians, which transition the author identifies in mythology, in arts, in songs and lyrics, in legends and traditions, in rediscovery of some old religious customs only in the Romanian form of christianity - a clear proof of their Dacian origin.
Two sections are dedicated to the groups that actively on the Internet are promoting the Dacian history, followed by a chapter covering the latest news hypothesis, or ideas, together with the sources of the antiquity which are referring to the Dacians.
The impact of the migrant populations over the Romanian territory is found in the chapter "Invasions" which addresses all the migrant populations that had an impact on this territory.
From such a study is not missing the dispute over the Dacian or roman origin of the people and of the Romanian language, also their ethnical expansion beyond the borders. It follows with a review of all the Traco-Dacian tribes and their leaders, in the chapter "The Dacian Temple ", which includes material related to religion, spirituality, mysticism and Dacian healing therapies.
Myths, traditions and Romanian customs of Dacian tradition are the subject of a chapter where the information is illustrated with enchanting images, stirring the curiosity and the desire to know more, sending the spirit toward meditation and questions, only to finally realize the hidden connections, lost in the darkness of time, of today's customs and the old beliefs.
The book was and remains the most important source of information, but when this information from the books can be accessed on-line, there are extraordinary results, since the range of information expands continuously, and the time to access it decreases. A bright mind, expressing the admiration for the book said" A beautiful writing, honor to the writer" Today if we want to praise the rich information we can access, we do not know who to address the eulogy to, to the ones who offer the information or to the computer which facilitates the quick access to it.
The number of those dedicating their energy to deciphering the Geto-Dacian civilization is increasing lately , including researchers of different nationalities.
Everyone's contribution is important and if in the past the communication was difficult especially between researchers at a distance from each other or of different nationalities, today the Internet makes possible the communication with every corner of the world in a few seconds. The work of the researchers will be easier with such a site that can accumulate large quantities of information , easily accessible, anywhere and immediately. and they will be helped to decipher the enigmas confronting them and to make them known to the public faster, considering that publishing of printed material is costlier and more difficult.
Sure, some will be reluctant because of the informational piracy, but we hope that very soon this problem will be solved and the rights of the author will be protected. Sure, we do not pretend that the present site is an exhaustive coverage of the Geto-Dacian civilization. It is a try, tough of tracing the place occupied by the Dacian culture in the European environment and especially to find and prove the uncontested connections and the interactions between the Romanian culture and the civilization of the old Dacians.
The graphics and the construction are choosing simplicity for providing the information in the shortest time. The issues under debate are accompanied by picture with the specification of the source and the author.
The site is dedicated to all who want to know more about the past, and it is addressed to all the categories of readers and curious, being a bridge between the academic and amateur languages.
The entrance to the site is achieved through a short movie, appealing to mysticism, with a musical background of Karl Orff "Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi".