Category Archives: Discover Russia - Page 34

30 Sep
2013
Icon painting became a tradition in ancient Rus’ after its convertion to Orthodox Christianity in 988 CE. These icons (иконы) followed the model and the formulas established by Byzantine art. However, as time passed, Russia widened the range of types and styles more than any other country in the Orthodox world. Russian icons are often ...
23 Sep
2013
The Legend of Sadko and The Sea Tsar Byliny (Былины) are East Slavic oral epic narrative poems from the Medieval era. They take historical elements and turn it into fictional stories. A very famous legend in Byliny is the one of Sadko (Садко). Sadko was a musician who played the gusli (a multichord Russian instrument) ...
13 Sep
2013
Image: Baba Yaga © Rima Staines www.rimastaines.com Unfortunate Friday 13th: The Story of Evil Baba Yaga Friday 13th is traditionally an unfortunate day in Russia, and so it is the appropriate day to write about a dreadful and evil figure of Russian folklore, Baba Yaga (Баба-Яга). Who is Baba Yaga? Baba Yaga is a magic ...
12 Sep
2013
Here we continue our reviews of Russian films. This week, we show you a list of 5 great movies from the 21st century. This is a great way to get acquainted with contemporary Russian cinema. 1) Night Watch (Ночной дозор) Nochnoy Dozor is a supernatural thriller directed by Timur Bekmambetov. The movie is set in ...
05 Sep
2013
Russia is famous for soups like Borsht and Shchi. But have you ever heard of Solyanka (солянка)? This Russian dish is thick, spicy and sour all at the same time. Typically, the soup is packed full of different kinds of meat,  such as beef, ham, sausage, chicken or even fish. However, like most Russian soups,  ...
04 Sep
2013
Ready for 5 iconic Russian films from the 90’s?! After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russian cinema developed and many films produced in the 90’s show this evolution. Movies dealt with problems such as the new-born relationships between Russia and Western countries. Here is a top 5 of movies from the 90’s. 1) East/West ...
02 Sep
2013
One of the most distinctive and recognizable items produced in Russia is the Matryoshka doll (матрёшка). A Matryoshka is a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size, each one depicting the same subject, placed one into the other. The most common subject is a Russian countryside woman in a traditional red dress. However, the themes ...
28 Aug
2013
Top 5 Iconic Russian comedies Cinema is one of Russia’s finest arts. Here we present a countdown of Russian Soviet comedies. They have become cult movies in Russia, with many quotes used in everyday conversations. 5) Office Romance (Служебный роман) Sluzhebny Roman is a soviet movie by Eldar Ryazanov, premiered in 1977. It is the ...
26 Aug
2013
В бане помылся — заново родился. (Washing yourself in the banya is like being born again.) The term “banya” (баня) in Russia refers to a local type of Sauna. Banya is a Russian tradition that started centuries ago, but it is still very popular today. There are banyas in large cities and in small towns, ...