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Title Endangered civilizations. The Szeptuchy from Podlachia : between magic and prayer / Samarka Productions and arcH'Organisation present ; a production of Samarka Productions, F. Productions, Polish Television TVP, Walewska Productions, La Cinquieme, arcH'Organisation ; produced by Ewa Wozna and Pascal Bensoussan ; directed by Alain Bourrillon and Viktor Skrzynecki
Published Paris : 10 Francs, 1998
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (53 minutes)
Summary Podlachia lies almost on the border between Bielorussia and Poland. It is a meeting place between Eastern and Western cultures, a unique blend of orthodoxy and Roman catholicism. In this remote area, the isolation of most villages enables pagan beliefs and practices to resist the teachings of the Orthodox Church. In Grabouka, the Holy Mount is the most revered pilgrimage for the Orthodox community. The Transfiguration Festival takes place on August 19th every year. Thousands of pilgrims come and drink the holy water rising from the foot of the hill. Beliefs and customs are preserved and transmitted by the Szeptuchy (the Whisperers), who are considered witches and healers all in one
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed November 11, 2015)
In English
Subject Festivals.
Manners and customs.
Podlasie (Poland : Region)
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Bensoussan, Pascal, producer
Bourrillon, Alain, director
Skrzynecki, Viktor, director
Wozna, Ewa, producer
Granville, Gary, narrator
Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (Organisation), production company
Cinquième (Firm), production company
F Productions, production company
Samarka Productions, production company
Telewizja Polska, production company
Walewska Productions, production company
Other Titles The Szeptuchy from Podlachie - Between Magic and Prayer