The end of the tour! We were happy to gain the experience and knowledge about an old Ukrainian folk architecture and life.
Wow! A witch’s home was so tiny! Basically, it was consisted only from one room. Quite creepy to live like this in the forest by oneself…
This is where the witch lived!
It was common for Ukrainian villages to have such a house somewhere deep in the forest. The witch was asked to use her magic in different cases like illness, love etc. People wanted to believe in this mystery so they did. Ukrainian folklore and literature is full of stories about witches and their lives.
Ukrainian preserved wind mills.
A typical interior of an old Ukrainian church with paintings, icons and crosses.
Some Ukrainian churches of old times.
At first, the church was made only from a wood which in a course of time was painted in brighter colors for an emphasis.
A wealthy Ukrainian even would have some statues! We had fun time there :)
The house of a wealthy Ukrainian of an old times.
It was interesting to see the difference compare to a simple white house with a minimalistic interior of a regular village worker. Opposite to the last, the “rich” house was emphasized being painted in bright colors, it was couple stores with bigger windows and higher ceilings, bigger rooms covered with carpets, nicer beds and a lot of furniture, plus all the decoration and other house utensils were of the best for that time quality. There used to be only few of wealthy people in the village who could afford living this way.
Nowadays, still in Ukraine there is the smallest majority of very wealthy people and a much bigger part of a poor inhabitants. Ukraine barely has any middle class…
We like the way Ukrainians used to organize their exterior around the house. Its very neat and pretty with flowers and a wooden fence.
One of the paintings of an old Ukrainian home. A Cossack with a bandura is a very traditional image of our culture. For instance, I mentioned about one in Cherkasy,
"Kalyna" (Viburnum opulus) has been one of the National symbols of Ukraine.
Thus, it was an important and necessary part of decoration of an old Ukrainian home. The mentions of the bush can be found throughout the Ukrainian folklore such as songs, picturesque art, Ukrainian embroidery, and others. According to a legend Kalyna was associated with the birth of the Universe, the so-called Fire Trinity: the Sun, the Moon, and the Star. Its berries symbolize blood and the undying trace of family roots. In Slavic paganism Kalyna also represents the beauty of a young lady.
Each interior of an old Ukrainian house kept its traditional style. It was always a small neat house with a low ceiling and a few tiny windows, with walls painted in white and a floor covered with grass or straw, with a wood stove and a minimum of needed items. The rooms were decorated with traditional ornamented towels, colorful paintings and variety of the icons on the walls.
Ukrainian village houses of the old days.
A map of the Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky.