Montgolfiere Weekly

An exploration of culture in its many forms


January 2016

Eating soup with the wrong spoon

by Patricia Lightfoot

A few years ago when visiting Warsaw, I went to the ethnographic museum. As I noted in my journal at the time, there was a fascinating exhibit of the ritual year in Poland, including some extraordinary mummers’ costumes (see photo above) worn during Carnival and at Easter. There were painted eggs, elaborate straw headdresses worn to celebrate the harvest, bowls for divination on St. Andrew’s Day and myriad nativity scenes. Such richness made me feel as if I had grown up in a cultural wasteland. Continue reading “Eating soup with the wrong spoon”

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