Poland - Eastern, Western or In-between? May 28, 2011 19:50:39 GMT 1
Post by Bonobo on May 28, 2011 19:50:39 GMT 1
I am sorry to ruin your dream, Bo.
There's nothing in-between. Don't let it get all mixed with CEE concept of today.
Theres's an Eastern Christian Byzantian sphere and Western sphere. We (Poland) have lost an opportunity to belong to eastern Europe, as shortly after Poland was 'born' they way historians depict her, and before she was well settled, the great schism occurred and all of a sudden Poles found themselved on the western side. Throughout following centuries they, the Poles, either spread the idea and praxis of sphere they suprisingly found themselves belonging to, or clinged to it, against all the odds. Such a fate.
I can`t agree. Polish culture is unique in many aspects, and different from either pure Western or Eastern ones.
Culture of Poland
Polish culture has progressed at the crossroads of the Byzantine and Latinate worlds in a continuous interaction with a number of ethnic groups living in Poland.
A major characteristic feature of Polish art is the dialogue and interaction of cultures. The style of clothing, as well as the manners and customs of the Polish people reflect influences of the East and West. The traditional apparel of the Polish in the 16th and 17th Centuries reveal inspiration from the opulent Eastern ornamental style, with influences of the Islamic culture.
The unique character of Poland Culture is the outcome of a long tradition and history. It was at the crossroads of the Latinate and Byzantine worlds that the National Poland Culture developed in its own unique way. The advent of people into Poland from different parts of the world with different cultures have only helped to season the true Poland Culture providing a completely new flavor to it. The fusion of the East and the West are best reflected in the nature of Polish Culture. Their customs, manners, style, traditions and even their cuisine is an outcome of the balance of their own history and external influence.
Funny but the link you provided says nothing about Poland. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D It clearly suggests what the perception of Poland by Westerners is. ;D ;D ;D ;D
Last but not least: major Polish universities which advertise their educational offer on the Net include such a phrase:
Poland is a fascinating country that serves as the geographical and cultural crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe.