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A legend about tabacco….SNUFF(1) a devil herb….
Kashubian mythology – Gracjan Jaffke A lot of interesting things we have around connected with the past and our local culture-Kashubian mythology such exciting things
Dear Friends, I would like to share with you some folk stories prepared by students. Amazing stories……A rider
Old people say that they have heard from their grandparents and parents, and someone that they saw in the forests near Castle Moutain , wild hunting always before the appearance of the mysterious riders, in the forest it was getting uncomfortable and terrible. Once after a big silence, men came running down from Castle Mountain, and before them a group of black as coal of dogs. They flew like wind through the woods, hills and valleys, until the ground trembled under the hoofs of horses. It is a fear to think what would happen if a man found himself on their way. they hit him like the wind hit dry leaves. A thunder of hooves, the barking of dogs – all the fuss, as suddenly it began so and suddenly ended. In the forest there was peace and quiet again. it happened occasionally that it was very rare that if someone went up to Castle Mountain, he could meet an eye-bearer with a mysterious knight wearing a black armor. He was very tall and well-built. He seemed so large that he looked more like a stolem than a man. Whoever saw him had to quickly get out of the way, because the knight on a huge horse always rode straight ahead like a big rolling boulder.
Near Koszalin, close sea shore, rise Naked Mountain. On the top there was Chapel dedicated The Blessed Virgin. During the indulgence, from the furthest sites came to her countless crowds pious people.
Thought Pomorzanie were baptized here and there for a long time, paganism was maintained. They gathered on the island of Rugia and there they sacrificed their gods. One time when they were coming back from the ship, they were surprised by a great storm. They started begging pitifully to gods, but they weren’t heard. Sea was rough and from dark clouds it was raining and was coming a terrible thunder. Suddenly they heard the bell from the tower of the monastery in Bukowo under Naked Mountain. They fell on their knees and began to pray to God. After a while the wind stopped and light sea waves have endured them to the Pomeranian coast.
Since that time, cruises to Rugia have ceased and began to gather on Naked Mountain, where the rescued they erected a chapel. There was a miraculous picture of the Virgin Mary. Near that mountain lived Peter called the Pilgrim who killed his brother in anger. He went around many wonderful places to soothe remorse. He was also in Spanish Compostela, where the monks told him that Naked Mountain is more important than their holy places. When he returned to his side he kept repeating:
-Is this mountain, on which my father’s oxen went, holy?
Our Lady didn’t restore his conscience. In despair he pierced himself with a dagger, and now his restless specter wanders.
Jára Cimrman is a Czech fictional character created in 1966 by Ladislav Smoljak, Jiří Šebánek and Zdeněk Svěrák. The fictional personality is presented as a universal genius, and one of the greatest Czech playwrights, poets, composers, teachers, travellers, philosophers, inventors, detectives, mathematicians, and sportsmen of the 19th and early 20th century. Playing along with the pretence of his real existence is part of his characterization. Although the character was originally meant to be just a modest caricature of the Czech people, history, and culture, he became an immensely popular protagonist of modern Czech folklore and a national hero.
In early 2005, the Czech Television started a contest to choose The Greatest Czech (inspired by the British show 100 Greatest Britons). Most of the votes (by SMS, the Internet or mail) went to Jára Cimrman. However, they decided to disqualify Cimrman, saying that only real people were eligible for the contest, a decision that was strongly criticized by the public. An online petition was launched to keep Cimrman eligible. The popular support for Cimrman caused the television to create a special category for fictional characters to recognize Cimrman’s popularity, and Czech Television also made a documentary about him; however, they did not reinstate him to the main contest.
Jakub translated a theater performance for you with English subtitles. You can see it in our Facebook closed group.
On 1st May 2018 the oldest wooden cottage “Kotulova dřevěnka” was open to public with exhibition of folk crafts and art. Klára went there to take some pictures and talk to the artists who performed there. Here is the report: KOTULOVA DREVENKA
Short video from a musical performance in a dialect spoken on the border between Czech Republic and Poland so maybe even Polish students will understand a bit…
HONZA THE HUNTSMAN
Once upon a time a poor shoemaker had three sons. They were called Vašek, Joska and the youngest Honza. Honza wasn’t really interested in work he rather went to the woods to collect rattle or mushrooms or whatever there was. His mom died, dead brought home a stepmother and Honza began to not like it there anymore. An earl huntsman noticed him a long time before and so it happened Honza started working for him. Honza soon learned how to do everything he needed to do and the huntsman saw he was a strong and hardworking man. He slowly learned how to read, write and handle a gun so good that the hunter decided to make him his assistant. Continue reading “A typical Czech folk tale translated by Klára”