Re: [sig] period Slavic superstitions/pysanka
> I suspect that the exchange of coloured eggs would have been thoseThere are specific mentions of 'red eggs' being exchanged that I recall.
> done hard-boiled with onion (and other edible) dyes that are blessed by
> the priest and then taken home an eaten.
The author talks about brazilwood being used as a dye.
When Sarah bas Mordecai and I did a mass egg dyeing last year, we found
that boiling eggs with yellow onion skins produces a rich mahogany red.=
There's a short description with pictures online at:
> I also suspect that some of the dyes they used would haveI believe this is also documented for recent not period times in the book
> been clothing dye. I have no basis other then more recent history for
> this - my grandmother used to make some of her own egg dyes from
> mushrooms - which are known to be poisonous but were used to dye cloth
> in period.
I spoke of.
> If anyone would like a description of the edible dyes I know of, IME! Me! I would love to see your list.
> can post it.
Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, mka Jennifer Heise jenne@...
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I have proposal for a Masters paper written by Phyllis Basaraba
"Superstitions - Ukrainian Folk Beliefs." It doesn't have period dates
(it seems she's a ethanographer concerned with modern day beliefs), but
it could be a start if you want to see what she has listed as a folk
belief and work backwards. Also her thesis is about the Winter Cycle
songs which contains a small bit of information on the Malanka
celebration gives some indication of superstitions (but again no dates).
Jenne Heise wrote:
> > Try Okana's website @ www.okana.net ....it is a greatADVERTISEMENT
> > Although it is from a Polish perspective...Okana does have some
> > information...if not on the website her book Singing Back the Sun
> does have
> > explanations of pisanki.. Jaek
> Unfortunately, I haven't found Oksana's website to have
> information for our period. However, there is a book on the history of
> Easter Eggs called _An Egg at Easter_ by Victoria Newall
> (Bloomington, Indiana University Press ) which has period
> documentation for the exchange of colored eggs, but I haven't found
> documentation of the wax-resist method or of complex patterns to
> which may mean only that nobody has studied historical documents for
> mentions of it and published a book in English about it. I've been
> reading _An Egg at Easter_ in snatches, so I will go back and see if I
> find the information that IS in it and post it.
> Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, mka Jennifer Heise
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Onion skin - bright yellow to red (depends how long you let them boil -
if you want some fun take a bit of glue and paste on leaves & flowers to
the out side (let the glue dry), wrap them in cheese cloth & boil away
for enough time to get the eggs yellow (5min or less) - you will end up
with a white leaf shape, and variations in the yellow where the cheese
Beet Juice - bright red (but it will rub off).... do not boil the egg
use the picking juice from pickled beets.
Black Tea leaves - Tans and browns, boil the egg in tea that's left from
the night before.
I know we (my family) got a green one year but I don't recall with
what... Green onion (should be yellow)? - maybe spinach (slightly
Inky cap mushrooms when they get to old to eat make a really good black.
I haven't had a chance to try this on eggs - they didn't come up this
year - it was to dry- but you can paint with the stuff. I wouldn't eat
it though since it's a sort of slime produced by the decaying mushroom
(the mushroom is safe to eat).
These are ones I remember off the of of my head. I should have more when
I call my mom tonight.
I recall trying cabbage but I didn't get the same colour you did - I
think it was just a brown, like the tea.
I do know that these dyes are going to change subtly with the water
composition in an area. (could explain the onion dye difference - I
never got the brilliant red that you did).