Hello, Arnedillo! That was great to see your presentation about smoke procession.
Some of us thought there is a fire across your village on one of pictures you presented!
Soon we got to know it was a rosemary smoke and why it is a tradition in your village.
We didn`t try to put a fire and burn a rosemary sprig, but we smelled it, tasted, guessed the difference between rosemary and basil…
Imagine, that we even found Spanish rosemary honey in a shop nearby! Yummy in a tummy!
We hope our activity will protect us from small pox epidemic here!
We have enjoyed a lot learning about the Icelandic culture and heritage. It was amazing for us to discover the relationship between the Vikings and the Dragons. As you can see we have drawn these scary dragons and we have tried to discover why they are so terrible…
Maybe the fire and the teeth are the problem…
We also discovered that the Vikings came to Spain…and they were in Pamplona which is a city very close to us!
We were also reading the legend about Hrafna-Flóki and it was wonderful to discover how Iceland was discovered by this brave and adventurous Viking. After that and following your suggestions, we were investigating in the website about the other animals brought to Iceland by the Vikings so you can read our answers in the answer garden.
The next step was the working with Runes.It was very cool to translate the hidden message: Rawen Wiking…which means Viking Raven isn’ it?
And as you can see we have prepared our own message for you:
To finish this wonderful journey through the Icelandic culture we were trying to decide what the “Toe” sculpture was so you can see our answers in the answer garden, please tell us if our answers are correct!
Dragons and vikings! Let`s play with them!
We learnt some details about vikings from you, and watched an animated movie called: “How to Train your dragon” (beautiful story about the friendship between viking and dragon).
As we loved vikings` shields, decided to make some for us (despite nobody is going to fight with dragons!). We collaborated in teams of four to gain common results:
Then – we tried to make friendly dragons from colored paper clipped into geometric figures.
You asked if there were vikings in Poland in the past.
Actually they were on the territory of north of Poland, but they never searched our region on the south.
Don`t worry! Vicariously, we have well known dragon here in Poland.
He is called the Dragon of Wawel Hill! Our legend about Wawel-dragon takes place in Kraków – the old capital of Poland.
Listen to what the legend tells (source: Wikipedia).
“Each day the evil dragon would beat a path of destruction across the countryside, killing the civilians, pillaging their homes and devouring their livestock. In many versions of the story, the dragon especially enjoyed eating young maidens, and could only be appeased if the townsfolk left a young girl in front of its cave once a month. The King certainly wanted to put a stop to the dragon, but his bravest knights fell to its fiery breath. In the versions involving the sacrifice of young girls, every girl in the city was eventually sacrificed except one, the King’s daughter Wanda. In desperation, the King promised his beautiful daughter’s hand in marriage to anyone who could defeat the dragon. Great warriors from near and far fought for the prize and failed. One day a poor cobbler’s apprentice named Skuba accepted the challenge. He stuffed a lamb with sulphur and set it outside the dragon’s cave. The dragon ate it and soon became incredibly thirsty. He turned to the Vistula River for relief and drank and drank. But no amount of water could quench his aching stomach, and after swelling up from drinking half the Vistula river, he exploded. Skuba married the King’s daughter as promised, and they lived happily ever after.”
In our village, Arnedillo, there’s a legend which tells us how our ancestors were able to stop a small pox epidemic.
We know that on the day which this legend is commemorated a saint’s statue is taken out onto the streets, but as we couldn’t remember what his name was we looked it up on the web.
We won’t forget that his name was San Andres, St Andrew, and there is also a hermitage near our school where this statue is kept. So we decided to go so a brother of this church and also a history expert could explain this legend to us.
The last Sunday of November we celebrate the festivity of San Andres, mostly known as the Smoke procession.
To try to stop the epidemic they burnt rosemary in bonfires in the streets. To make it more effective they also took a saint’s statue out onto the streets, it was the one whose candle burnt the longest. It was St Andrew who is also the health protector.
We now continue with this tradition because people say that it prevents colds and flus all year round.
Do you want to do an activity related to this amazing legend?
Here is the task for you: activity for you
In Innri Njarðvík there is a museum about the vikings. We went to the museum wondering if the vikings had dragons. We found many dragons as you can see.
In the museum there is a ship looking like the ships the vikings used to sail the sea.
In front of the ship we found this head of a dragon or some kind of serpentine and we were wondering why the vikings decorated their ship with a dragon‘s head. We decided to ask Sveinn (the „viking“ who works in the museum) and he told us that it was to make the people on shore afraid.
Now we have been thinking about what might be frightening about dragons. Maybe because they can breath fire or eat you (or can they)? Maybe they look fierce with yellow eyes and big teeth? We drew pictures and experimented with clay trying to make some sculptures of our own to better understand what make dragons so fierce.
Þórunn Elfa made this sculpture:
Did the vikings ever come to your country? Would you like to share with us your ideas about what you might think is scary in words, drawing pictures or making sculptures?
There is a legend about Skarbnik – the good ghost living in coal mines.
It is said that Skarbnik protects miners from danger and lead them back when they are lost.
He is also the guardian of coal which is the black tresure of Silesia (the region we live in).
The most frequent he appears in a form of old miner with a lamp in his hand,
but sometimes also as a horse, mouse or even a fly!
Skarbnik doesn`t like lazy people or those who say bad words to others.
For such people he is bitter and creates bad situations.
TASK FOR YOU
For that to remember the figure of Skarbnik – you can play the puzzle game.
Be careful! It is going to be a bit hard game, at least the work in coal mine is not as easy as pie!
Wanna know more about ghost in Silesia?
Are you scared?