Thursday, April 13, 2006

Contemporary Slavonic Civilization Embraces Ancient Trypillian Civilization Though The Painting Of Easter Eggs

... "Olga Lang is a second-generation Ukrainian-Canadian artist and illustrator who has a passion for pysanky [egg-decoration]. During Lent, she teaches the ancient technique.

While most people are familiar with the intricate, colourful eggs made through a batik-like process with dyes and beeswax, few realize the pysanky`s history of spiritual meditation. The practice far predates Christianity which only took solid root in the Ukraine region in the 10th century [CE].

Lang teaches her pupils that archeologists have discovered evidence of egg dying dating from the Trypillian culture that flourished in Central Europe from 4,500 BC to 3,000 BC [or, probably, 5,508 - 2,750 BCE].

The eggs are considered an early form of writing, and even the word pysanka (singular for pysanky) comes from the Ukrainian word pysaty which means "to write." Or perhaps, said Lang, the word for writing comes from the eggs, which came first.

People gave eggs to each other at times of celebration or mourning. There are get-well-soon eggs and wishing-you-were-here eggs. Every symbol, even every colour, has a specific meaning: blue for good health, black for respect and remembrance, red for love.

"My grandfather`s generation would have known how to read a pysanka," said Lang. "It was not really lost until communism." Communists distrusted the art because of its Christian connections. The art went underground and was maintained in the West....

For Lang, the process of creating the egg is more important than the final outcome. Lang likens the process to Tibetan sand paintings, where monks meditate and pray for peace while they work. "They spend hours and hours making intricate, beautiful designs, all with prayers," she said.

"While you are doing a pysanka, you are in a state of love. And that is really tough, because this thing is not easy to do. And it is also easy to be hard on yourself, or be critical or disappointed - all these bad things are just not allowed. You have to like life and acknowledge that (bad feelings) are coming to affect you and just not let it happen." ...

Some symbols, such as the rooster, have been found on fragments of pottery south of Kiev [Kyiv] from 3,000 years ago. Archeologists have discovered ceramic pysanky in Ukraine dating back to 1,300 BC, and suspect they were made in honour of the spring equinox." ...

Sheila Potter "Famed ”Ukrainian Easter eggs” pysanky have a rich religious and cultural history" Oak Bay News via Unian News Agency April 10, 2006


"Trypillian Civilization is an archeological name for the Neolithic culture that existed on the territory of present-day Ukraine. This culture is also known as Cucuteni on the territory of Romania. The real historical name for this culture is not fully established or agreed upon by scientists, but some researchers consider this culture to be the ancient Aratta. In our "articles" section more discussions about the historical name of this culture can be found.

It is accepted that Trypillian culture was discovered in the year 1897 near the small village of Trypillia (south of Kyiv, Ukraine). Vicenty Khvoika, the archeologist who made the discovery, named this new and unknown to the world culture - The Trypillian Civilization. From that moment on, the territory of Ukraine became a homeland to one of the most ancient civilizations - The Trypillian Civilization, which flourished on her territory between 7,500 to 4,750 years back in history.

The main purpose of this Internet site is to educate the world about The Trypillian Civilization through the collection of articles, reproductions of artifacts from many museums, lists of references, numerous links and other educational material.

Welcome to the discovery of the Trypillian Civilization!"


Offers for loaning from the exhibitions of the Lviv Historical Museum:

1)"Trypillian culture on the territory of Ukraine" - more than 400 exhibits: anthropomorphic and zoomorphic statuettes, utensils, tools of the IVth-IIIrd millennium BC (exhibited in different regions of Ukraine and Poland).

2) "Vysotska Culture" - IXth - VIth millennium BC (tools, utensils, adornments - 300 - 400 exhibits).

3) "The hunting weapon" - approximately 200 exhibits: cold steels, fire-arms and hunting equipment of the XVI-XIX centuries (exhibited in the museums of Ukraine and Poland).

4) "Cold steel and fire-arms of the XVI -XIX centuries" (120-140 exhibits from more than 30 countries of Europe, Asia and Africa).

5) "Oriental weapons of XVI-XIX centuries" (India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, China, Yemen) - 50 exhibits.

6) "Ancient orders and medals" - about 70 decorations of the Western Countries and of the Orient - XVII - XIX centuries.

7) "Art silver" - approximately 150 silver items of the XVIII - XIX centuries.

8) "Lviv in graphic arts" - more than 100 drawings of the XVII - XX centuries (exhibited in Krakow and Vienna).

9) "Castles of Ukraine of the XVI - XIX centuries in drawings".

A New Lviv Historical Museum Building Opened August 15, 2005 by President Yushchenko.

Museum of Historical Values - a division of the Lviv Historical Museum - opened in the newly restored Renaissance building -- the Palazzo Bandinelli [1583] . Everyone is invited to visit!

Trypillian Female Figurine.

Photo credit: © 2002-2006 Kolo Corp. With thanks.


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