Posts Tagged 'Hutsul'

People who live in the Carpathian Mountains, the Hutsuls, built up their world hundreds upon hundreds of years ago in the borderland between the Slavs and the Daco-Rumanians. They have become a symbol of Ukrainian culture and national energy in the west of Ukraine much the same way the Cossacks were such a symbol for the central Ukraine. The Hutsul world has been existing for centuries between the civilizations of the West and of the East, and though the modern global civilization has begun making inroads into the Hutsul traditional culture, basically it remains unchanged. To travel in the Land of the Hutsuls is to travel back in time.

The Hutsulian Zgarda

The Hutsulian Zgarda

Zgarda is an amulet in a specific form of crosses. Zgarda is a pre-Christian amulet, and church had a disapproving attitude to it. Therefore, women wore zgarda as pectorals, in several lines to avoid suspicious. Men wore zgarda as rings.