Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

As I was born and grown in the communist Czechoslovakia behind the “iron curtain”, I didn’t have a clue about Patrick’s Day for a long period of time. We’ve been taught and brainwashed about great soviet heroes and holidays instead.

Fortunately, we were allowed to keep some of the old myths, legends and fairy tales as well, especially if they didn’t sound too religious. And so we got the hidden wisdom through elves, fairies, witches and other fairy-tale beings.

One of those mythical characters is Vodyanoy – a completely green creature that rules over the waters. Because we don’t have a sea in my country, Vodyanoy usually lives in ponds, lakes or deep river bays. He looks elegant, prefers green or red top hat and has a tailcoat, from which the water is always dripping. We really have a lot of stories where Vodyanoy appears. Some Vodyanoys are good or cute, others are evil and scary, but you can easily recognize them because of green color and water, dripping from their clothing.

The reason, why the Vodyanoy myths came back to me in these days, was the last prompt on Deviant art. The challenge was to draw a green picture in honor of the St. Patrick’s Day. I tried to fulfill my intention, celebrating the Irish heritage. I drew for hours but the mind didn’t flow in the Irish mood at all. So much green has caused to me to see more Vodyanoy, sitting in a really green pond.

I would say that no matter how many things you learn in life, cultural roots remains with you for ever. What do you think?

Thanks for reading and extra warm greetings to all Irish people! 🍀

With love, Ivana

4 thoughts on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. I think that it’s true. We are deeply connected to our cultural roots, even if we are not aware of them.
    I went to Romania once on vacation. While i was there, I saw so many women wearing shawls and scarfs over their heads. That, among other things helped me understand so many of the little habits of my family, who were also from Eastern Europe. I am 5th generation Canadian, and yet, the link was still there.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your experience! Recently i was thinking about people who have little or no knowledge about ancestors. I still believe in their ability to recognize the cultural roots at the moment they meet them. Or perhaps they might have a kind of inner calling, who knows.

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