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This is a décor pillow embroidered by my mother some 30+ years ago. The motifs are ‘traditionalish’ Transylvanian „írásos” featuring stylized tulips. For many years I considered it old-fashioned and passé to have these types of home decorations.…

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As someone who was born and raised in a country which geo-politically vanished thirty years ago, I do not really identify with the culture of Tajikistan of which I am a citizen. Nor do I relate to the traditions of the Uzbek ethnicity to which I…

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Living far away from home has its advantages, especially if you're an Indian woman from a small town. No safety curfew, no clothing police, no neighbors asking you when you're going to get married. The one aspect about home I miss is the food: the…

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This is a Russian decorative jewelry box given to me by my grandmother. I carried this box with me when I moved to Hungary, as a reminder of her. On the top, it features a fairy tale story 'Emelya the Simpleton' or 'At the Pike's Behest' collected…

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In another part of the bag I keep two small paper calendars, both of them showing an image of St George, the dragon slayer. Though they look the same, and probably have the same provenance (the church of Alkosh), the first one is identified with the…

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Two nivishtis or amulets written specifically for me by Yezidi religious experts, and a dezi or sacred thread made for me by a Yezidi feqra or seer. Such dezis are usually worn around the wrist, but one may opt to wear it hidden in one’s clothing, or…

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The first item of the collection is the berat, a small ball of sacred earth from the holy valley of Lalish, mixed with oil and salt, and covered in gypsum. All faithful Yezidis keep such berats in their homes (usually tied up in a strip of clean…

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As I have tendency to do everything the wrong way around, the objects that I carry around (when traveling) are not from my home, but from my “field.” They are all objects that carry special meanings for Yezidis (one could call them sacred objects)…

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These three ceramic Hopi vessels come from a transformative summer I spent in 1968 when I was around 19 years old as an archaeology intern at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona (USA) encountered First Nation Hopis who are the …

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I moved away from my country of origin over 25 years ago. I moved before internet was the norm, social media did not exist, telephones went through wires and exchanges and the concept of an audio podcast had not been invented. But wherever I went…
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