Category - Culture

russian prison tattoos

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the life of the vory v zakone (or thieves in law, members of Russian organized crime) has become a subject of great interest. From life in prison to the stories of individuals, this almost secretive organization...

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Eastern European temple rings

Costumes of Slavic women from 8th to 15th centuries were inspired by the astonishingly beautiful culture of the Byzantine Empire. One of the things borrowed by the Slavs from Byzantium culture were temple rings. Slavic tribes integrated this...

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Kupala Night

Kupala Night is a Slavic celebration of ancient pagan origin marking the end of the summer solstice and the beginning of the harvest (midsummer). In the western Ukrainian Lemko region and Prešov region it was called Sobitka. In Christian times, the...

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Maslenitsa – Slavic Carnival

Maslenitsa or Pancake week is a Slavic religious and folk holiday which has its origins in both pagan and Christian traditions. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a welcoming of spring or the celebration of winters end. Originally, the pagan...

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