|Ukrainian Embroidery- symbols derived from ancient goddess traditions|
May 18, 2012
As in other European traditions, the crossroads in Polish mythology are a sacred and magical place where both divination and invocations were uttered. Talismans and amulets were hung or buried there, as well as other spell work was conducted. The crossroads were a place where all places and directions meet; and all time faded away into the present moment.
The legacy of this tradition can be seen all across present-day Poland, where tens of thousands of crosses and statues of the Virgin Mary stand next to major and minor crossroads. The Catholic Church, as with many other cultures, absorbed what was good in the symbolism of what she found there while utterly transforming its' purpose. Accordingly crossroads were marked by crosses and statues, as special places where wayfarers would be under the protection of saints.
Posted by Joan Tucker