is those beautiful egg with blessing written on them. Is wax resist
method. Is best you get Baba in your community to teach you, usually at
community centre or church. Baba teach you how to make krashanky, vegetable dyed eggs, below.
The ancient story of how good overcomes evil
Below story is instruction and colour chart for making krashanky, Ukrainian egg with vegetable dye!
is Ukrainian tradition many thousand year old. Is woman sacred
obligation to write blessing on egg every year. She then give away as
many as possible.
This not ritual like some kind weirdo modern thing these people make up who dancing with crystal on head and moaning in park. One day they Greek god, next day they some kind rootsy-tootsy Gypsy. Only can't sing.
They should try keep up dancing, singing with me and other women at Ukrainian festival. They think they New Age. Ha! I show them Old Age.
Listen and Baba will tell you pysanka story. You have my permission read this to children. Is good for them understand how to fight evil.
Is terrible monster live deep in cave. Probably more ice cold bunker like Hitler have, only near Kremlin. He chain to rock since beginning of time. This monster look like cross between that Bugs Bunny Tasmanian Devil and politician who have fierce orange eye so close together, look like only one in middle forehead. You know who I mean. Eye is narrow like mind, so you can always tell. If you follow this voting advice, you never wrong. No, eye can't be orange. This is color of Ukrainian liberation. Correction. Eye is Soviet red. Also, monster is little bit too hairy to be normal. This not always true for politician, good or bad. Use your discrimination.
Monster have ear that hang low, pimple on thigh and bad breath. He film himself for YouTube.
He is guard by three goddess call Zorya, or stars. They is goddess of dawn, goddess of dusk and goddess of midnight. They also decide people fate.
Every spring, ugly monster send out demon into four corner of earth. They scout to see if people still loving each other, still writing blessing on egg and giving them away. If so, monster sad. He stay chain to rock another year.
If we stop writing blessing on egg, happy monster break chain and pow! He fly loose with demon and destroy whole world.
This why egg written with symbol for all sort of good life thing: sun, animal, plant, cross of four direction, vine and Baba Spider, she who weave Universe.
Why egg? Is eternal shape of cosmos and sun. Tell us life continue always and that monster never going to win. But we have to fulfill sacred obligation to planet and our Creator.
When you making pysanky, you blow out inside for amulet against evil. If someone wishing for baby, you leave yolk inside. Never boil egg. Inside must stay alive. You don't want to eat what come out when you blow. Will have dye in white and yolk, so can be toxic. If you draw ancient spiral shape on egg, spiral will trap evil and not allow to escape.
I know you going to run to Internet to find out how to make these beautiful egg. Is better if you find Ukrainian Baba at cultural centre or church who show you how to make. Is also meditation that go with this. You supposed to meditate for whole day on blessing before starting to write on egg. Also not fight with no one for this time. Baba have to admit, sometime she fail this spiritual test.
These women who make so beautiful pysanky not allow to do this any other time of year except for one month before Easter. This add to spiritual power of egg. Over lifetime, a woman pysanky get a little better each year. Is good reminder that her ovary and uterus important, too. Is not just thing for childbearing, then throw away. Egg shape is eternal also inside woman. Baba is supporter of HERS Foundation For Women.
Many uses for pysanky: Girl give one to boy she like. We put in furrow and under beehive for fertile crop. We keep in house to turn away lightning and fire. Only thing you not do is eat. Is really, really bad luck to intentional break shell sacred amulet. Is like using Jesus statue for batting practice or spit on Torah. Terrible. After church, family gather around family grave and eat lunch. We leave all leftover for ancestor, along with pysanky for blessing.
We eat colored egg at lunch too, call krashanky. They one solid color. Very beautiful if color made from beet juice or tea. We throw shell into river, to let Nature know we not forget her on Great Day. Shell travel down to ocean, where all soul live. This how we bless ancestor collective conscious. That Jung guy, he taking credit. Pah!
~Your Baba Raisa
Read my book for much longer Ukrainian Spring Tradition and recipe.
Paska and Babka recipes are at bottom this page.
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Babka get its name from Ukraina’s matriarchal culture. Woman is revered throughout our thousands of years of history, and this bread’s shape is like woman. And of course, older woman is most powerful of all.
Ukraina is most prolific country in world for archaeological findings of goddess figurines, dating back 20,000 years. Most stunning example is кам’янy бабy: kamyany babas. This is huge baba made from stone, 3 to 6 feet tall. They survive from 4000 to 3000 BC, constructed by our Scythian and Sarmatian ancestors right across country. You can find them mostly as grave marker. Imagine comfort in knowing baba is watching over you!
PLUS: Baba's Old Country Paska
Ukrainian people been writing blessing on egg for many
thousand years. Legend tell us that if we stop, great evil is loose on world.
At this troubled time for Ukrainian people, we will bless and support by making
as many pysanky and krashanky (Easter egg) as possible. We will give as
many as we can away, to multiply blessing. Baba encourage you to make extra for people in Ukraina.
Is simple. With love in your heart, make as many colour egg as you can in April, then give away. Or you can just throw at advancing tank.
There is two kind of Ukrainian egg, easy and harder.
Easy peas is krashanky, picture in middle above. These is one colour, made with vegetable dye. Basic, you wash egg, then boil in some kind of thing you pull out from earth. You can eat these as long you remember to refrigerate.
Full rainbow colour range: yellow, orange, red, purple from thing like beet, cabbage, spinach, parsley, even tea!
Complete colour chart is below.
If you boil vegetable separate from egg, you put egg in cool dye anywhere from few minute to overnight, depending how dark you like colour. Rotate egg in dye so you not get egg look like hippie-schmippie let his tie-dye go bad.
Strain veggie dye into bowl.
To make cute design: wrap elastic band around egg in
cool dye, apply sticker or leaf.
For leaf design: Pick leaf. What kind of leaf, you asking Baba. Oi yoi yoi, use your good imagination. Lay leaf on egg. Cut square of pantyhose and wrap around egg. Wash pantyhose first. Don't be disgusting and make egg smell like feet. Use twist tie on top of p-hose. Put egg in cool dye.
If you boil egg along with vegetable, you get more even
colour, without rotation.
- Small Amount of Purple Grape Juice
- Violet Flowers + 2 tsp vinegar
- Red Zinger Tea bags (Celestial Seasoning brand)
- Violet Flowers (no vinegar)
- Red Onion Skins (no vinegar)
- Red Wine
- Hibiscus Tea
- Canned Blueberries
- Large Amount of Purple Grape Juice (boiling not necessary)
- Red Cabbage Leaves
- Spinach Leaves
- Fresh Basil
- Yellow Delicious Apple Peels
- Fresh Parsley
- Chamomile Tea
- Orange or Lemon Peels
- Celery Seed
- Ground Cumin
- Ground Turmeric
- Green Tea
- Carrot Tops
- Dill Seeds
- Strong or Instant Coffee
- Black Walnut Shells
- Black Tea
- Onion Skins, do not use vinegar!
- Chili Powder
- Red Grape Juice
- Fresh Cranberries / Cranberry Juice
- Juice from jar of Pickled Beets
- Lots of Red Onion Skins. Do not use vinegar
- Canned Cherries with Juice
- Pomegranate Juice
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