An egg-ceptional craft


First Posted: 3/12/2013

Master Pysanky Artist Marianne Lurie discussed the origins of this 2,000-year-old folk art of Pysanky eggs from Eastern Europe on March 9, at the West Pittston Library. Pysanky are decorated using beeswax and dyes applied in layers. Over 2,000 years ago, before the time of Christ, people decorated eggs, believing great powers were embodied in the egg. Eggs symbolized the release of the earth from the shackles of winter and the coming of spring with its promise of new hope, new life and prosperity. With the advent of Christianity, Easter eggs symbolize the Resurrection and a promise of eternal life. Legend has it that, as long as pysanky are decorated, goodness will prevail over evil throughout the world

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