Shelter and Outbuildings

Traditional housing in Eurasia includes the portable Central Asian yurt and the rather enigmatic Russian dacha. Other forms include the Łemko cottages in Poland and the Russian izba. Additionally, outbuildings, like the Russian banya, can play an outsized role in culture. Finally, elements of housing, such as the yurt’s central tuinduik and its surrounding felt or the large central stoves that heat many traditional Slavic houses can also have significant cultural meaning. Even in areas where these types of housing are no longer used, they remain well known and often part of the nation’s imagery.

Dacha Wanna Be Russian? A Lesson in Culture and Language

The following bilingual Russian MiniLesson is meant to build your vocabulary by providing Russian phrases within English text. Hover over the bold Russian to reveal its English translation.   It’s in Russia. Dachas have existed for centuries, surviving revolutions, purges, and economic and political collapses. Dachas remain an integral, if at times hard-to-define part of […]

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