When “Home” Is Just a Paradisiac Remembrance

  • Alina Beatrice Cheșcă Danubius University of Galati
Keywords: war, migration, journey, salvation, home, self, other


In the 3rd millennium, when we would have imagined that the human race would focus more
and more on cooperation and demolition of the walls of race, political systems, mentality,
religion, a millennial country is destroyed by war. Syria, a land with a fascinating history and
culture, is one of the oldest civilizations on earth.
The war in Syria sent millions of people into exile, a small part of them reaching Romania.
They tell us the story of their lives, at subjective level making a journey back, into the time of
memory, but also a journey into the future, hoping for a return to a normal and dignified life,
projecting their dreams into a rebuilt Syria.
Since always, storytellers - hakawatis - have always told us about the great travelers of the
world, those who, leaving their birth place, came to know the fascinating diversity of the
world and offered us invaluable images about bygone ages of our history. These travelers
started from themselves and from their own culture and their initiatory journeys represent
discovering the world in a subjective and objective sense. The imagological other is a
completion of their mind and soul, representing knowledge of otherness, in an attempt to
define and redefine culture, cultural similarities and differences.
Both travelers and hakawatis tell stories about foreign lands, whereas immigrants tell stories
about their own home, this sacred space remaining only a remembrance. Migration is, in a
way, a forced journey, a departure from the defining space of the self, in search of physical
and psychological salvation. But this salvation occurs with the price of the inner exile, not
only of the outer one, with losing the feeling of “home”, which is actually an important part
of the human essence.