Why on Earth Are Ukrainian Women So Beautiful?
Nowadays you can hardly meet a man who hasn’t heard of Ukrainian women’s beauty. When foreigners arrive in Ukraine they are struck by the exceptional beauty of the local women. They see gorgeous ladies everywhere around and the question that arises in their mind – “Why are these women so stunning!” So, what is the origin of a phenomenon of Ukrainian women’s beauty?
Middle Ages. Witch hunt terror
There is a belief that Eastern European women are beautiful because they have not undergone the physical destruction in witch hunt terror in 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, here, a “witch” means “a wise person”. These are people who are endowed with prophetic vision, who can cure illnesses, break curses, etc. Slavic people are superstitious and being supernatural has never been an evil.
A mixture of blood, genes, and assimilation of Old Slavs
There also exists a very popular theory that Slavic women are uniquely beautiful thanks to the uncontrolled mixture of genes and 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 – Jewish Empire
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” 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 black Khazars lived peacefully. The white Khazars were the ruling elite consisted of the probably Aryans professional warriors. The black Khazars were the Turkic tribes who came from the lower reaches of the river Ra, from the depths of Asia. They had yellow or dark skin color and black eyes and hair. Studies 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 Kievan Rus was devastating. Kiev was practically burnt to the ground and robbed in 1240. The citizens were annihilated and captured as slaves. However, the Novgorod Republic, the cities of Moscow and Tver began to flourish under the Mongols. They agreed to pay tribute and the Golden Horde never touched them with raids. What we can’t say about Kiev. Kiev Princes never paid tribute to Mongols. Some historians agree that Kievan Rus was not a homogeneous political, cultural, or ethnic entity and that the Mongols merely accelerated fragmentation that had begun before the invasion.
In fact, the Golden Horde never settled in Kiev and after the devastating raid in 1240 they left the city and went back to the steppes. It looked like a revenge act: to destroy, to burn, to rob. They swept through Kiev like raven darkness. Historians still have debates on the term of the influence of Mongols on Kievan 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 reveals
There was conducted a 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.
Feminine – not feminists
Speaking of gender roles in Ukraine, they still differ from those in Western Europe. The idea of feminism has not been caught in Ukraine. Here has always been cultivated a soft women’s strength. Have a look at these originally Ukrainian proverbs:
- A husband is a head, a 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.
In Ukraine, a woman 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 in playful and allegorical form they asked to give their daughter in marriage. The girl herself didn’t participate in negotiations, 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.
It looks that historical, political, social, scientific facts and circumstances created and formed the image of a woman which we have nowadays. The image which has passed through the centuries and hasn’t lost a single drop of that unique beauty, heartwarming femininity and spiritual power.
The phenomenon of Ukrainian beauty, either physical or spiritual, is still being discovered. Scientists all over the world rack their brains guessing the truth. While these women continue bearing the fame of the best wives ever. Every day of her life a Ukrainian wife proves to be a trustful supporter of her husband, a wise counselor, a combat friend, and an equal life partner.