The Drowning of Marzanna


Work in progress. The pagan-originated spring equinox folk custom of Poland called The Drowning of Marzanna. Marzanna is the Polish incarnation of the old Slavic goddess of winter, plague and death. The effigy is built of straw and dressed in clothes, ribbons, and flowers. Marzanna is taken to the nearest riverbank and thrown to her watery grave as the children sing: As the spring sun rises in the sky of blue, in this swollen river we are drowning you.

At the end of the year, I will be ending this blog. Followers of my work will be able to see my works in progress on Instagram instead! I just can’t keep so many sites going. I’d rather be painting.  @mygoodbabushka


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