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LOCATION:Kryvorivnia, Ukraine

According to the YARA Arts Group: "Koliadnyky are Hutsul winter song singers. They are from Kryvorivnia, a village high in the Carpathian Mountains which has preserved an ancient winter ritual that now coincides with Christmas, but is much older in its origin, traditions and symbolism. It is considered to be the most important event of the year, since people believe that the spring will not come to the village unless these songs are sung in every home. A separate long song is sung to every member of the household, both living and recently deceased. Each song is chosen specifically for that person. The words are of ancient origin and exhibit traces of the worship of sun, ancestors and nature. They assume the magical power of words: what is said will be so."


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katya-oddio on 04/10/16 at 01:43AM
Ukrainian: Колядників з Криворівні
Romanization: Kolyadnykiv Z Kryvorivni
English: Carolers From Krivorivnya

Variations of koliada are still celebrated in most nations of Europe, and many of our own USA winter celebrations are based in these ancient rites, such as our caroling.

The remarkable photographer Charles Fréger traveled all over Europe photographing one element of the ancient winter celebration - the wild men. National Geographic magazine gave him a gorgeous spread in 2013. You might enjoy seeing his online exhibit of these fantastical natural wild men costumes on his website.
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