Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

6 September 2016. It’s Time for the “Silent Hunt!”

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It’s time for the “silent hunt”… that’s what people in Eastern Europe and Russia call the search for mushrooms in the autumn forest. Everybody has their “secret spots” hidden from all others… as you can see, hoo boy, the haul is humongous. Just about everybody dries most of them for the winter. As for me, I’m partial to gribi (mushrooms) any way that I can get them… I’m not picky… get yer grubbies on and get on out there!

BMD

Saturday, 3 September 2016

3 September 2016. Only in the Rodina… It’s Arbuz Appreciation Season!

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These girls are eating watermelon at the Kamyshin Watermelon Festival in Volgograd (Volgograd Oblast). Trust me, “arbuz” is very popular in Russia… the Cossacks even pickle it!

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

31 July 2016. Krokodil Gena Shows the Way…

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Now, this is the ticket… have Krokodil Gena (Cheburashka’s sidekick) as your centrepiece at your party…

I saw this on the RuNet… good, no? You can even eat it with your vodka… we’re not a bunch of drunks, are we?

BMD

Friday, 8 July 2016

The Bear in the Slavic Imagination

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Illustration by Viktor Britvin

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Amongst the Slavic peoples, the bear is one of the main characters in folklore zoölogy, being a symbol of fertility, health, and strength. The Slavs have always respected bears… they considered them the masters of the forest. The Slavs dated the coming of spring with the bears waking up from hibernation. They believed that bears had special wisdom, which could protect them from witchcraft, disease, and all sorts of bad things.

7 July 2016

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