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Midsummer is one of the formerly Pagan feast days that Christianity did a particularly poor job of converting in this region. Other than changing the name to transfer the focus to the nativity of John the Baptist (thus the Slavic name, "Ivan Kupala"), it did little to stop the traditional rituals of jumping over bonfires, floating illuminated flower wreaths, looking for fern flower, fortunetelling and copulating under the starry sky. Furthermore, even the name Kupala, meaning "someone who bathes", isn't used for John the Baptist other than in the name of this feast - it is in fact the name of a traditional, if a bit obscure, Slavic goddess of fertility and sexuality ¯\_()_/¯

Sorry for no picture last week, I've been rather sick and still am, but here's a special Midsummer pic for ya!

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Kupala by Xarxes-Endymion is a peaceful and atmospheric self-portrait. ( Featured by Mrs-Durden )
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illegalpoet Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you a pagan? :)
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
nop
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illegalpoet Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Meh, that's a shame. :P
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Music---Junky Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Music---Junky Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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josch1122 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
fantastic capture.
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you ^^
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josch1122 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
Thank you for posting your work.
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Gwangelinhael Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016
This epic photo is featured in Photography Exposed: Self-Portraits at CRPhotography :heart: :camera:
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay! :la:
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LadyGraveAngel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
This is fantastic! Beautiful setting, lovely lines and just all around stunning image.
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :la:
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LadyGraveAngel Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
Only a pleasure :) 
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astsweetheart18 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
@_@ beautiful as always, good sir.  
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Thumbs Up 
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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! :heart:U:heart:
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!! Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] 
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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You are more than welcome, my dear! ^^
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rickphotoCR Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
Congrats!
And beautiful as always!
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :happybounce: 
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!   Congratulations on your much deserved DD!
Congrats on DD By Marphilhearts by LindArtz
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you thank you!!! Th Th060 
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Edelslav Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Slava!
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I am a dummy! 
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Quinnsanity-Q Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD!
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! ^______^
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PenguinTranquilizer Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :la:
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :la:
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PenguinTranquilizer Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! :D
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!! :excited: 
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My Pleasure (1) by daniya-ART
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thepolishgirl Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAAAAHZING!!!! :D
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :la:
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ValeriyaSegal Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2016   Photographer
Love it :)
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Aeodin Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh, I love it <3 Please never stop posting photos <3
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks ^^
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mistakeablyme Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I do so love the decision to go black and white here. Great choice of backdrop as well.
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! ^^
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Melinda-Raven Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Great picture, I love the contrasting dark and light! Lovely model too! :nod:
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :bow:
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Lawrichai Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Professional General Artist
Excellent use of the black and white contrasts!
... and obviously, this was the perfect stolid model as well =^.^=
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Llama Emoji 27 (Awesome) [V2] 
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SariaDelaney Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016   Writer
Very  aesthetic and quite the pleasant view.
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Xarxes-Endymion Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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