2. THE IELE (THEY)


Fig. 1 Anthropomorphic
representation of iele

Fig. 2 Anthropomorphic
representation of iele (they)

Fig. 3 Anthropomorphic
representation of iele
Three anthropomorphic representations Fig.1, Fig. 2 and Fig. 3 on the flag obviously forms a group because of similar features and colors: each has four antennae on left and four on right suggesting floating in the air. Groups of three hooks are placed on the antennae. The lack of green color and the antennae are suggesting their aerial rather than earthly nature. Therefore, the hook and the antenna are the emblems of the group. One representation Fig. 1, is placed in the lower third of the flag while other two Fig. 2, Fig. 3 are placed in the upper third. The representations in the upper third have two legs and rhomboidal head, while the figure in the lower third has two antennae, each with four chevrons (V-shaped symbol) pointing outward. This group of anthropomorphic figures is the representation of the iele. The name iele is the Romanian popular word for they (feminine).
Iele relationship with Căluşari is characterized by polarities [Elefterescu], [Giurchescu]:

i. Male versus Female
Căluşari are a group of males while iele are a group o females.

ii. Diurnal verus Nocturnal
Căluşari are active during the day while iele are active during the night.

iii. Fertile versus Sterile
Căluşari are associated with the village and the surrounded cultivated areas and bring fertility while iele are associated with non-cultivated areas such as rivers and forests, and bring sterility.

iv. Life versus Death
Căluşari bring healing while iele bring illness.