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Roadside thing in Poland ~ what is this, please?


HelenaWojtczak 28 | 177
10 Aug 2015 #1
In Izabelin village there is this interesting thing by the roadside.

Can anyone tell me what this might be?

Thanks

Helena







not_polish
10 Aug 2015 #2
I don't know what that one is, but I have noticed that in the south of poland, dozens of peasants worship these little catholic idols at the side of the road, talking to them, praying to them, lighting candles to them, and giving, what appears to be some kind of charm or sacrifice to appease the idols.

I never saw anything like this in Europe!!!
brunensis
10 Aug 2015 #3
You can still find some in Bavaria in rural regions .
jon357 63 | 15,205
11 Aug 2015 #4
There are much nicer ones than that in the picture. A long tradition and the ones of Mary are a focus for veneration during May. Not unique to Poland but particularly popular there.
pawian 173 | 12,669
22 Feb 2020 #5
I never saw anything like this in Europe!!!

Oh, come on, even small countries like Poland can boast of sth unique that doesn`t exist anywhere else!



johnny reb 27 | 4,655
22 Feb 2020 #6
and giving, what appears to be some kind of charm or sacrifice to appease the idols.

The peasants are very superstitious people.
They were kept in the dark by the Church with these superstitions for centuries so the Church could keep control over them.
Even though the Bible says not to worship idols they do it in fear from what has been instilled in them.
pawian 173 | 12,669
22 Feb 2020 #7
The peasants are very superstitious people.

yes, they still kiss priests on their hands.



mafketis 24 | 8,731
22 Feb 2020 #8
like .... LADIES?????
pawian 173 | 12,669
22 Feb 2020 #9
Yes, of course. Last year a bishop came to our village in summer and many old peasants kissed him on the hand. And women too. I kissed such hands many times, too. But last year the queue was too long so I gave up.



mafketis 24 | 8,731
22 Feb 2020 #10
And women too.

Since when do women kiss ladies' hands?

I guess they wear dresses, so priests are honorary ladies?
johnny reb 27 | 4,655
22 Feb 2020 #11
I'm confused.
Why would anyone kiss the hand of a preacher or pray to a statue ?
That blonde babe sure has beautiful hair though.
I have visions of her undoing that ponytail of hers.
Do you know who she is Pawian ?
pawian 173 | 12,669
22 Feb 2020 #12
She was a pilgrim who passed through our village going to Częstochowa. Accidentally, those pilgrims ran into an archbishop. Why? Jonnhy, she is not for you.


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