Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

12 November 2014. A View From the East… Spying on Santa (Luo Jie/China Daily)

00 Luo Jie. Spying on Santa. 2013

Spying on Santa

Luo Jie

2013

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Yeah… it’s almost American Christmas season… that is, from American Thanksgiving to Catholic Christmas on 25 December. Unlike trad Christians in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Reformation Churches, Anglo Americans have a holiday season that PRECEDES the holiday (I shit you not). There ain’t no “Twelve Days of Christmas”… there’s four weeks of utter commercialised madness starting with Black Friday (the Black Mass of this “holiday”)… then, Catholic Christmas… and all Anglo Americans collapse in a stupor, glad that the “holiday season” is over for another year. There’s not even a New Year’s celebration of any note! It’s not like the Russian holiday of New Year’s-Christmas-Epiphany… nineteen days of partying hearty and fun (including jumping in an ice hole on Epiphany… no lie, I’ve done it… don’t knock it until you’ve tried it). It has none of the hearty exuberance of “c’était un Noël au Québec” (grand-père has to come and give the family bénédiction for the coming year first)… NOBODY decorates for the season “comme le font les québécois” (must be that Caribou that they drink… half moonshine and half homemade wine). It isn’t the Sicilian midnight feast after Christmas Mass… nor is it the homely joy of an English Christmas Cake… it’s a deadening exercise… so much so that I wonder why they even engage in it.

Keep your wits about you and stay out of the malls from Black Thursday until Catholic Christmas. Then… CELEBRATE… feast, feast, feast, like real men and women and kids should. Pass me the roast beast, please… I WILL take seconds, if you will.

BMD

Monday, 19 May 2014

19 May 2014. Photo Essay. The Revival Will NOT be Televised… The Revival Will Be LIVE!

00 velikoretskoye procession. russia. orthodox. 19.05.14

The Velikoretskaya procession takes place annually in Vyatka Oblast and draws thousands of pilgrims. This year, it’s from 3 to 8 June. The route covers 150 kilometres (92 miles), and it takes five days to complete.

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00 orthodox youth w VOV vets. 19.05.14

On Victory Day, Orthodox youth groups made a special effort to thank VOV vets for their service.

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00 belarus. blessing soldiers. orthodox. 16.05.14

In Belarus, priests bless new conscripts on their way to their units.

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00 church rally on the day of slavic literature. Moscow. 19.05.14

Church-sponsored cultural-patriotic rally on the Day of Slavic Literature in Moscow.

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00 white flower festival. 19.05.14

The proceeds collected during the “White Flower Festival” in Moscow go to aid disabled kids.

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00 Patriarch Kirill. Children Center psychoneurology. Moscow.  19.05.14

Patriarch Kirill bringing gifts to hospitalised kids on Easter at the Research Centre for Paediatric Psychoneurology of the Moscow Health Department.

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00 Patriarch Kirill. Marfa-mariinskoe Convent. Moscow.  19.05.14

Patriarch Kirill blesses a disabled child at the Marfa-Mariinskoe Convent in Moscow… all life is precious.

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HH spends every Easter and Christmas with hospitalised kids… without fail. That’s why I’d fight any of the phonies who snipe at him, especially, the SVS lot (and the Galician scummers). What HH does is REAL… what they do is NOT. The last picture floored me with its brutal honesty… that’s why I left it for last. That’s our RUSSIAN ORTHODOX patriarch… yes, sir, THE REVIVAL WILL BE LIVE.

BMD

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

19 January 2014. A Multimedia Presentation. It’s the Last Day of the Svyatki… Here’s some Shchedrivki…

00 Cossack Christmas. Pre-Revolution. 19.01.14

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00 Fedoskino Palekh box. Christmas. 06.01.13

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01v To the New Year 2011

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00 Masha i Medved christmas 01.12

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New Year Strawberries 4

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The narration isn’t in English, but watch it for the images and music

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To end it all, here’s some “down home” traditional singing from Carpatho-Russia

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Shchedrivki are like kolyadki, but sung at the New Year and Epiphany (and here). It’s the end of the Svyatki for another year…

BMD

 

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

18 January 2014. A Photo Essay. It Was a VERY Cossack Christmas in Volgograd…

00 Cossack Christmas in Volgograd 01. 14.01.14

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00 Cossack Christmas in Volgograd 02. 14.01.14

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00 Cossack Christmas in Volgograd 03. 14.01.14

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00 Cossack Christmas in Volgograd 04. 14.01.14

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00 Cossack Christmas in Volgograd 05. 14.01.14

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00 cossack Christmas in Volgograd 06. 14.01.14

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00 cossack Christmas in Volgograd 07. 14.01.14

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The above images show the contemporary life of the Cossacks in Volgograd Oblast. I’ll say this… Cossack honour and Cossack duty haven’t changed one bit, have they? If I had to choose between Cossack integrity and decency and the lies of a poseur like Rod Dreher (Mr Dreher issued snarky comments on Cossacks), there’s no choice for good people, is there? I know whom I favour… and I confide that most of you agree with me on this one…

BMD

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