August 17, 2008

Tradition Survived Centuries

Another shrine in the closest neighbourhood. Previous one posted here.

Close up...

... and larger view...



Cindy Garber Iverson said...

I am fascinated by these photos that you are sharing! Just wonderful.


stadtgarten said...

I think it is very important that tradition still lives on in a world that gets smaller every day.
We also have this tradition of shrines somewhere in the landscape in catholic regions like the Rheingau nearby.
Have a wonderful sunday, Monika

Anonymous said...

I remember stumbling across quite a few of these backpacking down south.

Katarina said...

We don't have any of those shrines - being a non-catholic country. But I've seen similar ones in Italy.
Thanks for sharing.

Gail said...

We have an Italian neighborhood in St Louis MO where I grew up and these shrines are very popular...sometimes they are planted with all kinds of colorful real and plastic flowers. Mostly you find them at the older residents' houses


Lavender and Vanilla Friends of the Gardens said...

I love the shrines, as part of a tradition to keep in a fast changing world. It is so sweet how people bring flowers to the Madonna. I have never seen any shrines in Australia. Well done Ewa lovely post.

Aki said...

A beautiful picture. There is also something similar in Japan. I will put it on my blog sometime.
Thank you for visiting in my blog.

cotedetexas said...

So beautiful!!! I've never been to Poland - nice way to visit!!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Ewa,
I've recently returned from holidays and am now getting to the comments. La Madonna! We have a lot of these little shrines everywhere of course, so much so that I don't even notice them anymore.

Beautiful garden blog that you have here so I'll sign with my secondary blog which is all about gardening. Thanks for visiting!
~Rubber Slippers in Italy~

Naturegirl said...

Ewa these shrines are so interesting! I sure hope I see them while I'm in Europe travelling. I'm on route right now to France! aur revoir NG xo

Balisha said...

Hello Ewa,
I gound you through Barbee's Blog. I am so glad to find this blog. I am a member of St. Mary's Church. Some of us ladies take care of our wonderful St. Mary's Garden.Our whole Church devotes time and energy to keep this beautiful.It is the first thing people see when visiting our Church. Your pictures are very nice. I'll be visiting again.

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

It's good to see that the old traditions are still honored in Poland. In the south of the netherlands you find these little shrines too and in many other countries in Europe.

Thanks for sharing, Ewa!

Anonymous said...

Ewa, your photos of the shrine are beautiful. All the lovely color. I'm Catholic, and I understand how important the tradition is in Poland.~~Dee

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photographs Ewa. At a Catholic school I attended, there was a tradition of crowning Mary with a garland of flowers in May. Do you do that in Poland?

Ewa said...

I agree with you, that this tradition is important, because despite of globalisation and shrinking world and new possibilities it creates and faster pace of life, the is a lot of misery and suffering. People need comforting when things turn off the way they wish...

This is interesting to see them in other countries.

In Poland you may see them sometimes in very unexpected places, because sometimes housings are gone, but shrines - well tend and not forgotten - seem to survive much longer.

I also think it is important - must be comforting and helping spiritual development.

That's the amazing part of blogging - you may see things in the world with somebody's else perspective - granted in most of the cases, that there is no hidden business behind.

La Madonna :) good that you are back from vacation. your post about milk vending machine is fascinating :)

naturegirl - you are our travelling reporter. this possibility of posting from being on the road is so amazing...

welcome, and we support you with your blogging experience - you are the proof "better late than never", right? and "it is never too late"

This is very fascinating to me - places are maintained, flowers are fresh - except winter - and I never see people around :)

it seems really important to large group of people - I need to explore it closer :)

No we don't have this tradition in Poland.

Rowena said...

The thought just occurred to me that it's about time they thought of milk vending machines. We've already got everything else from carbonated drinks to condoms, so why not something that is beneficial to the majority? :lol:

CIELO said...

I so enjoyed strolling your neighborhood along by you.... just beautiful...


Barbara said...

Both such beautiful grottos to Our Lady. Thank you for sharing them.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Around here you don't find this type of shrine in public areas. They are mostly in peoples gardens.