Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Ukraine has been known as a country with beautiful women. I honestly believe that we, women, are all beautiful. Each of us is unique, we are all creations of nature that come in different shapes and sizes, nationalities, and origins. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as classics have said. But is there anything special about Ukrainians? Here are some of the ideas about why Ukrainian women are beautiful.
There is a belief that Eastern European women are beautiful because they did not undergo the physical destruction of witch hunt terror in the Middle Ages. While Western Europeans destroyed their gene pool of beautiful women in that period of time.
Every beautiful woman was accused of witchcraft and subjected to the death penalty being burned at the stake. In Eastern Europe, on the lands of Slavs, this terrifying process was not common. Moreover, Slavic people have always (and still now) revered witches, and for us, “witch” means “wise person”. These are considered people who are endowed with prophetic vision, who can heal illnesses, break curses, etc. Slavic people are superstitious and being supernatural has never been evil.
A mixture of blood and assimilation of Old Slavs
There also exists a very popular theory that Slavic women are uniquely beautiful thanks to the uncontrolled mixture of blood during numerous invasions and also assimilation of ethnicities. In different times ethnic Ukrainians and their lands were invaded by Mongols, Khazars, Asian nomadic tribes.
- Khazar kingdom
Khazaria held considerable sway in the 7-11 centuries, extending its power from the northern Caucasus to Eastern Europe and beyond. It was only in 1016 when a joint Rus-Byzantine expedition was launched against the Khazars that the Khazar Empire was defeated.
An interesting fact is that Arab sources and Muslim geographers describe “white Khazars” the ruling caste as people having a white complexion, blue eyes, and reddish hair. Before the enslavement by the Persian Jews, Khazaria was a powerful state where both white and colored Khazars lived peacefully.
The white Khazars were the ruling elite and professional warriors. The colored Khazars were the Turkic tribes who came from the lower reaches of the river Ra, from the depths of Asia. They had yellow or darker skin color and black eyes and hair. Researches of the physical remains of Khazars such as skulls at Sarkel have reflected a mixture of Slavic, European, and Mongolian types.
- the Golden Horde – Mongolian tribes – Tatar-Mongol yoke
The influence of the Mongol invasion on the territories of Rus – Ukraine was devastating. Kyiv was practically burnt to the ground and robbed in 1240. The citizens were annihilated and captured as slaves.
In fact, the Golden Horde never settled in Kyiv and after the devastating raid in 1240, they completely left the city and went back to the steppes. The Mongols swept through Kyiv like raven darkness. Historians still have debates on how long the Mongols stayed in Kyivan Rus. The recent information from Ukrainian archeologists that it was not more than 15 years.
Numerous DNA tests of Y chromosomes from a representative sample of Ukrainians revealed that despite the conventional belief about the strong Turkic and Mongolian impurities in the blood of Slavs, it turned out that a haplogroup of Turkic nations and other Asian ethnic groups left a very small trace on Slavic population – only 3 to 5 %.
DNA research of Ukrainians
There was conducted large-scale genetic research using the latest technologies and involving the best world experts which revealed that feminine gender in Ukraine is at least three times older than masculine gender. The ancestors of modern Ukrainian women came to the lands of modern Ukraine 20,000 years before the Cucuteni–Trypillia culture appeared there.
According to this research, Ukrainian women genetically inherited the genes of some specific, very ancient race. Only women can be considered the indigenous population of the territory of modern Ukraine.
Gender roles in life and culture of Ukrainians
Speaking of gender roles in Ukraine, they differ from those in Western Europe. Ukrainians are feminine. Not feminists. The idea of feminism hasn’t been caught in Ukraine. Here has always been cultivated a soft women’s strength. Have a look at these originally Ukrainian proverbs:
- Husband is a head, wife is a neck. Which way the neck will turn, that way the head will look.
- Just as father says, so by “mother’s will” it will be.
- A good wife is a stone wall.
Matriarchy is the most profound component of Ukrainian culture. That’s why here people say that with a good wife a husband will be a real man.
Woman in Ukraine has always possessed a right to make her own decision. Just have a look at this traditional Ukrainian wedding rite.
Wedding ceremonies started with matchmaking. First, a groom sent his trustful representatives to the girl’s parents and asked to give their daughter in marriage. The girl herself didn’t participate in this talk, but she had a right to choose and to express her opinion.
If she agreed to marry that guy, then she playfully pretended being busy cooking in the oven. If not – she gave the representatives a pumpkin. That was a sign of refusal and it was called “to catch a pumpkin”. Such bad result was so humiliating for the groom that very often before the matchmaking he sent scouts to the girl’s house. Those were supposed to find out what was on her mind.
The phenomenon of Ukrainian feminine beauty, physical or spiritual, is still being discovered. Historical, political, social, cultural circumstances have formed the image of a Ukrainian woman that we have in modern days. This image has passed through the centuries and hasn’t lost a single drop of that unique beauty, heartwarming femininity, and spiritual power.
Disclaimer: While you are reading this article, I would like to ask you not to accept it as a promoting content of a marriage or dating agency. I would kindly ask you not to write me letters regarding matchmaking services, etc. Thank you very much for your understanding.
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