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Life of Highlander Semen and His Wife

Posted on February 7, 2014 by team

There are not so many places in Ukraine today where a visit of a stranger becomes a big event for locals. Without any misgivings and doubts they let strangers enter their houses, show them the best they have, feed them until they’re full and ask them to visit them again. One such village is located in the highland Chernivtsi region inhabited by Hutsuls – Ukrainian highlanders. His name is Semen

Locals are very hospitable.

The master of the house. His name is Semen. Yes, Semen.

His wife is a talented needlewoman.


Semen decided to show his national costume.

Then he started to cook food for the guests.

The family has many wooden structures: a dwelling house, a summer kitchen, a barn, a cowhouse and some more.

Family’s livestock.


This dog likes to bite the pig’s snout, the pig does not like it at all.

Semen’s wife.

They invite their guests to come in summer – the season when they have a lot of mushrooms.

Meanwhile the dinner is ready!

Semen has been living here for thirty years and considers himself to be a Hutsul.

But it’s time to say goodbye and go home! The generous family invites us to come back some day, best of all – in summer.

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4 responses to “Life of Highlander Semen and His Wife”

  1. Jean says:

    Pittoresk stillife of a normal society, and look at the chickens and what a nice needlework from the THREE BOGYATIRS: Dobrynya Nikitich, Ilya Muromets and Alyosha Popovich. RUSSIAN stllife at her best.

  2. Faith Gorodki says:

    A name does not make a man worse, a man can make a name worse.

  3. CZenda says:

    There is a wonderful photo-essay “Domestic landscapes” by Dutch photographer showing hundreds of similar households throughout Europe. Interesting.

  4. uliqed says:

    Semen is a ukrainian version of russian Semyon, and anglo-saxons Simon.

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