Momârlanii are a small community in Romania, a population said to be descended from Dacians who were located in the Jiu Valley. Their number is estimated to be somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000.
Momârlanii now build their homes similar to how was done in the time of the Dacians, using uncut rustic ended beams with rectangles. Momârlanilor clothes feasts consist of tight pants and shirt to the knee. This population has retained a number of pre-Christian practices, including the habit of burying their dead in a yard near the house.
The custom of burying the dead in the garden near the house has its roots back more than 500 years, when there was the belief that the dead and the living must be near family, even in the afterlife. Thus, the dead could have some quiet and not turn into evil beings or become ghosts. The place where people were buried was known as a “grave yard”.
The specific holidays include Christmas carols momârlanilor piţărăilor and Neda.