Wooden Eggs, Pysanky Design - pack of 5

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Item No. 008305

Pack of 5 wooden eggs, painted with traditional Ukrainian Pysanky designs. Each pack will have mixed designs.

These colorful wood eggs have been hand painted in the Ukraine with traditional folk and religious symbols and designs.

About Pysanky Eggs:

The egg is an ancient symbol of new life and rebirth spanning many religions and cultures. To the ancients, the egg embodied great power to bring new life and joy. Later, the Christian Church adopted the egg as a symbol of Christ’s Resurrection. St. Augustine first described Christ’s Resurrection from the dead as a chick bursting from an egg. This symbolism was enhanced in the Christian East’s celebration of Pascha (Easter). At the end of the Pascha Liturgy, the faithful exchange the greeting “Christ is Risen” to which is replied “Indeed He Is Risen,” and the priest presents each with a “red” egg. 

The Ukrainian people in pagan times decorated eggs to commemorate their Slavic gods and to celebrate the sun’s arrival at the coming of spring. After the Christianization of their culture, they enhanced their pre-Christian folk tradition of decorating eggs to include Christian symbolism such as the Cross. Painstakingly, each egg was hand decorated with natural dyes using a wax-resist process.

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