Symbols of Russian nature
- Posted by: Enjoy Russian
- Category: Interesting Russia
If you google “Symbols of Russia” you’ll find everything – from vodka to Russian Two-headed Eagle. But there is not much about Russian nature and its symbols. It’s a pity because if you want to understand Russian symbolism better (in poetry for example) you really need to know what’s special for us among trees and flowers, animals and landscape.
This post will help you to understand better poems of the greatest Russian poets and songs of Putin’s favorite music band Lyube;)
A symbol of Russian nature and Russian beauty, the birch tree (“bereza” or “berezka” in Russian) has a very special place in the country’s culture. It is a poetic symbol of the feminine, a lyrical image of spring, light and virginal purity. The slender birch brings to mind the image of a humble girl, beautiful,and very Russian.
The fossil record of chamomile indicates that they originated or naturally evolved in the west Asian region of the current Russian Federation. It was then a matter of time that the flower started spreading all over the European and Asian continent. This is the reason that Chamomile is so deeply rooted in the Russian culture and Russians have long been using it for different purposes ranging from decoration and celebration to medication.
The Russian Bear is a widespread symbol for Russia, used in cartoons, articles and dramatic plays since as early as the 16th century. In Russia associations with the image of the bear have received relatively mixed reactions. On one hand, Russians themselves appreciate the bear for its raw power and cunning, and bears are very often used as mascots or as a part of a design on a logo. On the other hand, the overuse of the image of the bear by foreigners visiting Russia prior to 20th century led to the image of bear being a sort of insider joke, postulating that “Russian streets are full of bears” as an example of factually inaccurate information about Russia.
Река Волга (Volga river)
The Volga is the longest and largest river in Europe, and a symbol for Russians. It symbolizes huge open spaces of the country, the freedom and will, and its people.
Широкие русские просторы (Wide Russian expanses)
As you know, Russia is the largest state in the world with population of 144 million of people. Most of its lands are free of buildings, roads or people. Those are just wide open limitless spaces that are often mentioned in the literature as ШИРОКИЕ РУССКИЕ ПРОСТОРЫ. Maybe because of this Russian people are often described as people with “wide” soul (широкая душа).