Another link to my multicultural heritage that I am intermittently fascinated with…It seems to appear out of nowhere. The adoration of a Russian Mother icon or a sudden lust for royal Russian drama stories from the past. Endless days of looking through Culinaria Russia. And then I am entranced, looking for the thread that connects me.

Kupala

I named it ‘the blood calling’ when I was sixteen and looking for my birth father.

The illustration I found on the Pinterest page of Andrea Ferrante   “In Slavonic neo-paganism, Kupała is the goddess of herbs, sorcery, sex, and midsummer. She is also the Water Mother, associated with trees, herbs, and flowers”  

More about this particular myth/story from Gods & Godesses and here a bit about how they celebrate in the Ukraine.