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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Temple ring

Temple rings are jewelry pieces that were a part of traditional women’s clothing in Scandinavia and the Slavic nations (during the middle ages). They were called ‘temple rings’ because the women wore them on their heads (near their temples). They...

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Kupala

Kupala Night is an ancient Slavic ritual that was traditionally celebrated on the evening of July 6 until the morning of July 7, which according to the old Julian calendar, was the evening of the summer solstice. The celebrations of the summer...

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Chamomile Russia

Nature’s beauties have always surrounded and inspired people. That is why national symbols often depict animals, mountains, rivers, plants, or flowers.  As elsewhere in the world, Slavs have their own popular flowers, which are often on their...

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Clementinum Library Prague

The complex was founded by a group of priests and scholars (famously called the Jesuits) in the 16th century [1].  It contains a baroque library, which in the past was a part of the school complex, but it, later on, merged with the Charles...

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Maslenitsa

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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