Silent belfry

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Remetea Chioarului, Maramureș County, August 2014. Elderly people tolling the bells in the belfry for the local church. Remetea Chioarului is in the center of one of the few remaining clusters
of villages in Transylvania where oina is still played.

Photo by SV

Mixed oina

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Voivodeni, Sălaj County, August 2014. Girls and boys playing oina together. 

Photo by SV

Preparations

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Vorona, Botsani County, May 2014. Vorona Cup. Salcea school team at the local tournament. Photo by Bogdan Boghitoi. All rights reserved.

Nobody does it better

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Turnu Rosu, Sibiu County, August 2014. Many of the oina players we have met are exceptional athletes.  

Photo by Sorin Vidis

The craft

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Salcea, Suceava County, May 2014. Mr. Roata, now retired, manufactures oina balls within the precincts of the school he was formerly the headmaster of, and where he still helps train the oina team.
Due to low volume, oina gear cannot be made economically on an industrial scale. The task of providing the players with the necessary equipment is left to a handful of people that still manufacture it artisanally. They have become the guardians of this rare craft.
Photo by Bogdan Boghitoi. All rights reserved.

 

Suspended

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Colibasi, Arges County, June 2015 Teenage girl warming up on the football field  close to Dacia Automobile Factory during the Junior Girls Oina Championship. Photo by Sorin Vidis. All rights reserved.

Sheer joy

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Mioveni, Arges County, June 2015 Teammates embracing and expressing their joy for winning a game during the Junior Girls Oina Championship. Photo by Sorin Vidis. All rights reserved.

Lucky no. 9

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Sibiu, Sibiu County, November 2014. One thing about oina is that it can be played almost anywhere, even indoors. Photo by Sorin Vidis. All rights reserved.

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