Traditional Polesian marsh boats, Machul’ 2014. Чаўны, Мачуль 2014 г.
Polesian villages, hamlets, and homesteads were historically dependent on water transportation when the Pripet Marshes, Europe’s largest expanse of wetlands, were still pristine. The old section of Machul’ retains the feel of such Polesian villages from before Soviet a post-Soviet “amelioration”, a series of drainage campaigns which has degraded the ecosystem of major parts of of the Pripet Marshes.
Machul’ 2014. Рака Моўства, Мачуль 2014 г.
A prolonged 2014 dry spell in central Polesia caused many tributaries of the Pripet (Prypjats’) to fall to extraordinarily low levels. Nevertheless, Machul’ retains a timeless Polesian atmosphere.
Нягледзячы на тое, што засуха на працягу 2014 года рэзка знізіла ўзровень вады прытокаў ракі Прыпяць, у тым ліку ракі Моўства, вёска Мачуль захоўвае сваю прывабнасьць.
Orthodox Christian graves with footstones, Babtsy cemetery 2014. Праваслаўныя надмагільлі, якія нагадваюць мусульманскія магілы, Бабцы 2014 г.
It is unusual to find Christian graves with footstones and stone coverings above the coffin. These graves have a form similar to traditional Muslim graves, but are Orthodox Christian.
Wooden grave enclosure, Babtsy cemetery 2014. Драўлянае абгароджваньне, могілкі ў Бабцах (Докшыцкі р.) 2014 г.
Grave enclosures are a standard feature of Orthodox Christian cemeteries. However, it is now exceedingly rare to find wooden enclosures. Note the craftsmanship in the details of this fence, which would have been locally-made.
Headstones, Babtsy Cemetery 2014. Надмагільлі, могілках у Бабцах 2014 г.
Babtsy is an Orthodox Christian village whose cemetery, aside from the remarkable number of hewn-stone crosses, has an unusually broad variety of headstones.
Hewn-stone headstones from 1873 and 1933. One does not often find hewn-stone (field-stone) Christian headstones from as late as the late-19th or the 20th centuries in Belarus.
It is an Orthodox Christian custom — pre-Christian in origin — to leave food on graves on certain dates in the liturgical cycle of the year.
This couple’s graves have no crosses.
The Babtsy cemetery contains many field-stone headstones with wrought-iron crosses.
Headstones, Babtsy Cemetery 2014. Надмагільлі (надмагільныя валуны), могілках у Бабцах 2014 г.
Babtsy is an Orthodox Christian village whose cemetery, aside from the remarkable number of hewn-stone crosses, has an unusually broad variety of headstones. Indeed, the shapes and placement of some headstones in older sections of the Babtsy cemetery remind one of Tatar (Muslim) or Jewish cemeteries.
Wrought-iron crosses, Babtsy cemetery 2014. Каваныя крыжы, могілкі ў в. Бабцы (Докшыцкі раён) 2014 г.
One is struck by the masterly simplicity and variety of wrought-iron crosses in the Babtsy cemetery.
Акрамя надзвычайнай колькасьці каменных крыжоў на могілках у Бабцах, іншыя асаблівасьці звяртаюць увагу наведвальніка. Паміж імі – выразныя ў сваіх сьціпласьці й простым майстэрстве каваныя крыжы над помнікамі.