Making Pysanky



Why were pysanky written?

Pysanky were written for different reasons at different times. In pre-modern times, they were written to insure fertility of the fields and livestock, and for protection from various dangers: from fire and other catastrophes, and from the various devils and demons that might be about. Some have compared pysanky to written prayers.

Pysanky were also written to be given as gifts, to friends and family, or by young women to the young men they fancied.

In more modern times, pysanky are written for commercial reasons or, more commonly, simply for their pure beauty. In the words of Keats

                                A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:

                                        Its loveliness increases; it will never

                                        Pass into nothingness

And, as Emerson more succinctly noted, “Beauty is its own excuse for being.”

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