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Ukraine’s Discovery: Pyramids or Temples

Thousands of miles away from the Egyptian pyramids, a recent discovery calls into question the long-established belief that Egypt’s archaeological mecca is the oldest of its kind in the world. Unearthing the remains of a pyramid like structure near the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk, archaeologists are debating the discovery that predates those in Egypt by 300 years.

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Ukraine’s Greatest Show on Earth

Gravity defying acrobats. Dancing bears. Juggling clowns. Little has changed since circus performers spun their talents for Egyptian pharaohs and Roman emperors and like hundreds of countries around the world, a Ukrainian’s love for the circus still endures. Travel to any city with a population greater than 500,000 and a resident circus may be found.

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Ukraine’s Pagan History

Ukrainians hedge their bets in many areas including religion. With a history wrought with political turbulence and violence the notion that Ukrainians hold on to old folktale beliefs as well as their Orthodox religion is not surprising. Ukraine as a country has a history of peasantry and amongst these agrarian communities paganism is the ancient polytheistic religion of East Slavic tribes.

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Ukrainian Stamps Accomplish More Than Mail Delivery

Stamp collectors around the world know the value of the little paper square affixed to packages and letters. Stamps connect people living a great distance together, honor and remember a country’s leaders and accomplishments and sometimes can unlock secrets to a culture. The simple act of securing a stamp to a piece of mail is a record of history.

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Demolition and preservation of Soviet era monuments

Since the age of the Egyptian pharaohs, grandiose monuments have been erected to honor rulers and compel their subjects worship their visages long after their mortal deaths. The Soviet commitment to public demonstration of their iron-fisted power is no more apparent than in the statues and monuments left behind after Ukraine’s independence.

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Carving God Out of Rock: Ukraine’s Rock-Cut Church

In Europe, men raised their churches knowing many would never see the climax of stone and mortar. In the desert, men came upon their cathedrals at dawn or in the moonlight. Weather built these shrines on dangerous peaks with turrets like elephant’s toes close to the sun. Drawings fade into rock like the apparitions of sleep around the world and in the village of Busha in the Land of Vinnychyna, a certain cave in a rocky gorge still speaks mystery.

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Ukraine’s Capital Gets a Linguistic Facelift

Kiev is now Kyiv, at least according to the US State Department and western Ukrainians are concerned. Kyiv has long been the spelling of Ukraine’s capital for many but for Russian speaking Ukrainians living on the eastern side of the country in particular, the Russian spelling Kiev is correct. About half of Ukraine’s 4.7 million citizens are Russian speakers.

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No Longer “Little Russia”, Ukraine Emerges From the Shadows

Coined “Little Russia” by Catherine the Great, Ukraine and the surrounding southern portions of the environs were presented to Russian nobles and German compatriots in an effort to forge a global empire. Orthodox Serbs commandeered Cossack lands with the Tsarina’s assistance and Turks lost the Crimean peninsula to the Russian Empire. Centuries later, Ukrainians still strive to keep Russia at arm’s length economically and culturally. Just as Canada is not America and Scotland is not England, Ukrainians are quick to tell travelers that Ukraine is NOT Russia.

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