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Viking ship afloat on a sea of flames, Shetland islands

Viking ship afloat on a sea of flames: Hundreds of Vikings march through Shetland town bearing lit torches in annual celebration of their Norse heritage at Up Helly Aa fire festival | Mail Online.

Each year its hardy residents are forced to endure the darkest of winters in the entire British Isles.

But last night Shetland was lit up in a blaze of glory for the spectacular Up Helly Aa fire festival celebrating the islands’ Norse heritage.

This stunning image shows the replica Viking galley, surrounded by torches, in its final moments before being set alight as the dramatic climax to the annual event that went ahead in Lerwick, despite storm force winds.

Shetland was illuminated in a blaze of glory as hundreds celebrated the annual Up Helly Aa fire festival

Up to 1,000 people from around the world gather each year to enjoy the spectacle which features the a band of latter-day Viking warriors, known as the Jarl Squad

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Pomak Brides(Bulgaria)

CRUSHEVIL » Pomak Brides.

As far as the bride’s white face is concerned, Ribnovo locals have their own legend: In earlier times boys would go with their fathers into the mountains to herd sheep, only returning to the village when they were ready to get married. Since this rough lifestyle afforded them only minimal experience with women, they somehow had to learn to be gentle. Thus, the groom’s first task after the wedding – then as now – is to carefully wash his wife’s face with milk.

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Albanians and their Revolvers

Albanians and their Revolvers.

by Robert W. Hunnicutt

Life has never been easy in the Balkans, Endemic sectarian violence and blood feuds mean a prudent man never goes unarmed. Going armed in the years before World War I often meant shoving a big 11mm Gasser revolver in your sash. If it was intricately engraved, so much the better. Watch for Paul Scarlata’s study of the Gasser in an upcoming issue.

Keep your Kate Middleton look. The well-dressed Albanian bride sports a Gasser revolver at her waist and a Mauser carbine, while her groom backs up his rifle with a dagger and ornate Broomhandle Mauser. Celebratory gunfire, anyone?

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vintage everyday: Beautiful Color Photos of Life in Hungary in The Early 1930s

vintage everyday: Beautiful Color Photos of Life in Hungary in The Early 1930s.

A collection of beautiful color photos of life in Hungary in the early of 1930s taken by German photographer Hans Hildenbrand.

1932, Hungary — A caped rider in brimmed hat rounds up a herd of horses on the puszta — Image by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

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Europe’s last indigenous people – the first communists | steampunk.dk

Europe’s last indigenous people – the first communists | steampunk.dk.

At the top of the North Atlantic ocean where storms and rain bitches steep barren rocky islands, was once a small community that despite all odds, had survived almost unchanged since the Bronze Age. It is almost impossible to imagine that Europe has had a more secluded residential and their origins are lost in urtidstågerne. Apparently they have just always stayed in their cold rocky islands northwest of Scotland.They lived in the archipelago of St. Kilda , which is the outermost part of the Outer Hebrides and is four small islands, of which Hirta over 7 square kilometers is the largest.

The earliest settlement on Hirta are possibly dating back to the Stone Age, but there is no evidence that the settlement is related to the later Bronze Age settlement. When the Vikings made ​​land fall around 1000, they found a society which even then seemed uncivilized and primitive. The Vikings settled probably down on Hirta and it is believed both the islands and the Hirta took the name from the Scandinavian names. There is no saint named St. Kilda and the closest you get to an etymological explanation, the Nordic ‘ Healthy Source ‘- ie drinking water for Viking sailors. Likewise with Hirta, there should be a forvanskelse of ‘ Kilta / Source ‘.

The population of St. Kilda, which was probably mixed with Scandinavian ball through the Viking Age, had no recorded contact with the outside world until 1202, when an Irish monk tells his ship sought shelter at an island called Hirtir. Then went there almost 200 years before the islands again appeared in print. The Scottish chronicler John of Fordun describes the ‘ Isle of IRTE ‘that is completely out near the edge of the world – and it was not completely a lie.

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Costume of Rømø, Denmark

FolkCostume&Embroidery: Costume of Rømø, Denmark.

Costume of Rømø, Denmark

Hello all,
Above is Queen  Margrethe II of Denmark wearing the Rømø costume which was gifted to her by the National Folk Dance Association of Denmark. This is not the most impressive or colorful costume of Denmark, but it is the one she requested. It is quite representative of the costumes of Sønderjylland, [South Jutland], the southern part of the Danish peninsula. Rømø is an island off the southwest coast of Denmark.
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A Greek Portfolio – Κωνσταντίνος Μάνος (1961-1964)

Olive, neither of the East nor of the West.

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Folkloristic here and there | Bente Haarstad Photography

Folkloristic here and there | Bente Haarstad Photography.

There are so many countries that have folkloristic costumes that are so beautiful, and there are also a lot of different festivals or parades showing off these rich traditions.

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vintage everyday: Old Photos of Life in Austria in The 1920s – 1930s

vintage everyday: Old Photos of Life in Austria in The 1920s – 1930s.

01 Oct 1932 — Group of girls pose on holiday in one of Styria’s mountain villages — Image by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis
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Lupineke

Lupineke.

A woman’s hand never stops …!

During our investigation of the Zealand fisherman sweaters That we discover the origin of this child designs in England. There the ganseys , as they are named, for centuries knitted.
It is especially the herring jaw esters, the so-called ‘gutters’ (to gut Means boning, cutting open) constantly and after work the needles take in hand to include fisherman sweaters With their specific patterns to knit.

 

 

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