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Pysanky: the art of making Ukrainian Easter eggs

Pysanky: the art of making Ukrainian Easter eggs

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“It all started when there were pagan gods and the rite-of-spring,” Halyna Mudryj explained in her introduction of pysanky -decorated Ukrainian eggs- to her classes this spring at the Creative Alliance. Although now associated with Easter, 2000 years ago, pysanky were decorated as offerings to pagan gods, especially the sun god, Dazhboh, considered the giver of life. Used as talismans for bringing good fortune and keeping evil at bay, eggs were also symbols of life and rebirth, says Mudryj (pronounced “muud-ree”). As the Ukraine region became Christianized in 988 A.D., pagan pictures of nature such as animals, water and the sun took on new meaning and made room for crosses and other Christian symbols on the eggs. For example waves, which formerly represented the god of water, now represented “Christ walking on water,” she says.

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Darth Vader wants to be Ukraine’s next president

Darth Vader wants to be Ukraine’s next president

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The Sith Lord, or at least an unnamed protester dressed up as him who has often been seen on Kiev’s Independence Square during the winter protests flanked by his loyal Stormtroopers, announced he was running for president as the official candidate of the Ukrainian Internet Party (UIP). Ukraine is holding a snap presidential election on May 25, 2014 after parliament ousted pro-Moscow leader Viktor Yanukovych following months of protests.

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Missing plane said to have crashed in Indian Ocean, Washington landslide kills at least 8, Ukraine evacuates Crimea | March 24

Missing plane said to have crashed in Indian Ocean, Washington landslide kills at least 8, Ukraine evacuates Crimea | March 24

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the missing Malaysian airliner ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean, a landslide killed at least eight people in northwestern Washington state, Ukraine orders the evacuation of its troops and their families from Crimea, and more in today’s daily brief.

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