‘Lamus Dworski’ is dedicated to Poland – the Polish history, archaeology, arts, culture, folklore, curiosities, and more.
About ‘Lamus Dworski’ — and a few disclaimers
My main focus is to show and translate various interesting bits about Polish customs, mythology and legends, primarily those rooted in the seemingly forgotten pre-Christian traditions. All the sources I use for my articles are in Polish, and I keep a general list of the references (books and articles) on my list of the sources which I recommend to my readers who know at least a bit of the Polish language. Some of the sources listed there are available online for free in dozens of the official Polish online libraries, so make sure to check the link in case you’re interested.
What’s the meaning of the blog’s name? In the Renaissance era in Poland a lamus dworski was an utility building where many valuable old items and documents were stored. You can read more about it here.
Who’s behind the ‘Lamus Dworski’? I’m a woman in my late 20s, born and living here in the beautiful Poland. The journey with ‘Lamus Dworski’ started as a simple idea: to share and translate informations about my country as a part of my personal process of learning and perfecting the English language. I’d never thought that ‘Lamus Dworski’ would gather so much attention, and all of your comments and messages are keeping me motivated to keep the blog alive, to translate and share more. As it comes to the English language, I’m already much more comfortable with using it but since I’m not a native English speaker, sometimes I still make grammar mistakes – I’d really appreciate a message in case you found any, and I will make sure to correct them as soon as possible.
I started the idea of ‘Lamus Dworski’ a few years ago as a blog on tumblr which you can visit by clicking here. It’s still my main place of communication with the followers and of sharing various inspirations and references. However, it started growing too much – becoming a large archive with thousands of different posts and images dedicated to a large extent of topics. The articles I published there got lost in-between the hundreds of other posts. Eventually, I created this place on WordPress in order to gather together all the most important articles that I originally posted there, and now it’s my main place for sharing the articles I write for you. I still recommend to visit my tumblr blog, which is simply a valuable base of various informations and a visual gallery with lots of references sorted with proper tags (I also pay a great attention on providing sources for everything posted there).
In the meantime, knowing how little resources are there about the pre-Christian Polish/Slavic traditions written in English, a new idea grew in my mind: to release a book that could be a compilation of valuable informations about the Polish ritual year – the rural customs, their pagan origins, and the Slavic mythology surviving in Poland. This idea is still among my distant future plans – but the real ones, therefore at the moment you can treat my articles as a foretaste of what might appear in the book one day.
Do you have a question for me? Do you want to request a topic, ask about details of a certain Polish custom, or just to know me better? Feel free to use the comment sections here on WordPress, or use the ask box on my tumblr. You can also write me a message to lamusdworski (at) gmail.com
On the header: fragment of a painting by Michał Gorstkin Wywiórski (1861-1926).