When visiting Ukraine, set aside time for the one-of-a-kind Pysanka Museum in Kolomyia. Dedicated to the Ukrainian Easter egg, or "pysanka", this museum hosts over 10,000 examples in a unique structure, itself shaped like a giant painted egg.
Easter eggs in Ukraine are decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using beeswax and a stylus - the name pysanka comes from the verb pysanky: to write. Kolomyai's Pysanka Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the pysanka and received a special nomination in the Seven Wonders of Ukraine contest.
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The History of the Pysanka
Pysanka originated in pre-Christian times when Ukrainians worshipped the sun god, Dazhboh. Legend said that the birds were Dazhboh's chosen ones, as they could get close to him by flying. In this way, eggs became magical talismans linking humanity to the god.
Today, the Hutsuls of western Ukraine still believe the Earth's fate is dependent on the pysanka. If people ever stop decorating the pysanka, they say, evil - represented by a snake chained to a cliff - will be set loose to cause destruction across the world.
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At the Pysanka Museum, visitors can discover 19th century specimens of pysanka from the Ivano-Frankivsk region alongside modern recreations.
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