Once the world was full of potent and incomprehensible forces that one sought to propitiate or tame. The beauty and lavishness of nature did not make it any less wild and dangerous, while everyday life offered no shortage of mysteries. Each village had its wise woman, its sheptukha – the whispering one, znakhorka – the healer, vedunka – the knowing one, or sometimes their male counterpart. They knew about herbs, creatures and humans but, living on the verge of the worlds they were as accepted and needed as they were maledicted and shunned. They knew about mysteries.
Do you know why wolves would be summoned on a winter’s night? What a maiden did to placate the wind? What words were whispered to the rain and the storm? Who was able to see the soul which departed into the beyond? What powers does a looking glass have and what can hair do? Who are the wise women, the whispering and the knowing ones, what are their other names and whence do they derive their power?
The tales of folk magic, superstition, age-old rituals and ancient wisdom intertwine with music woven from sounds of various instruments, whispers and rustling noises. The stories, preserved in oral tradition, notes of ethnographers, fables and myths were collected by Mehehe as they worked on the album entitled CIEMNIENIE.
Listen to the tale and surrender to the sound enchantment of Mehehe:
Basia Songin – wolf bass, shamanic drum, spindles, whispers, songs, tales
Helena Matuszewska - złóbcoki, kashgar, looper, spindles, whispers, songs
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