Zbojnicki Dance

 

 

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Universal Geography 1828

 

“Universal Geography: Or a Description of All Parts of the World, on a New Plan, According to the Great Natural Divisions of the Globe; Accompanied with Analytical, Synoptical, and Elementary Tables” By Conrad Malte-Brun

Published by Wells and Lilly, 1828

 

The peasantry form the great mass of the people, their costume is well fitted for a cold climate and a pastoral life. The guba, a large woollen cloak, defends them against the inclemencies of the season; and the kalpak or felt cap, which is now worn by horsemen and even by kings, still .retains among the peasants its ancient Tartar or Finnic shape. A wallet hangs from the shoulder, and every man carries the valaska, a small hatchet with a long handle, an instrument which they wield dexterously.* No alteration has perhaps taken place in the dress of the Ionium* or peasants since the time they fought in the armies of Attila.

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Shchastlyvyj Novyj Rok!

Happy New year…

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in Rusyn: Shchastlyvyj Novyj Rok!

Slovak: šastný nový rok

Magyar: Boldog uj evet

Romanian: La Multi Ani si Un An Nou Fericit

Polish: Szczesliwego Nowego Roku


 

 

Dracula

Dracula
By Bram Stoker

…the Cszeks with their white, and the Slovaks with their colored sheepskins, the latter carrying lance-fashion their long staves with an axe at the end.
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Bleiknopf peitsche

Adventures and Anecdotes of the South Army of the Emperor of Austria, During the Late Hungarian Campaign: Narrated by Eye-witnesses
By John William Warre Tyndale
Published by R. Bentley, 1850

He was no less famous as a marksman than as a
rider, and his ” poor fellows” were equally well
trained ; but, besides fire-arms, they had their
Fokos and the Bleiknopf peitsche, or half- whip, half-
lasso, whose services we have elsewhere mentioned.
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Besides these
arms, they carry a kind of whip, with an iron bullet
of about a pound weight attached to the end of the
string; and with this half- whip, half-lasso sort of
weapon, they can sorely puzzle their adversary.

(Still looking for a good image of this weapon that has the weighted end….this is a good pic but lacks the wicked iron piece.)

Museum of Histoical Arms catalog

the catalog reads: No.1489 – India Battle Axe. Blade engraved on both sides. Edge of blade has brass cover to protect the sharpness, Wood shaft with tigerstripe grain. VG. $17.50

circa 1950’s…i think that was the date on the cover before it got torn off and vanished. On pg 190 thrown amidst the Indian arms section is a very interesting mountain axe wiith a very narrow waisted blade and a srong back/top spike. Looks to me to be either Polish or Slovak in origin but those are just guesses based on other examples I have seen. THis one is still mighty unique IMO.