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A Slavic egg, decorated with traditional folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, "to write" or "to in scribe", as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. Pysanky are used to protect households from evil spirits, catastrophe, lightning and fires as well as bring fertility, health and blessings to the home throughout the year.

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To care for your egg, place it someplace where it can breathe, as it is a living magical thing. The egg still contains its yolk (a part of its magic), which will dry over time. Periodically rotate your egg so that the yolk dries evenly on the inside of the egg. Keep your Pysanki out of direct sunlight and someplace reasonably cool. A pysanki egg can be kept for many years as a charm for the home.

Ukrainians who live in the Carpathian Mountains believe that the fate of the world depends upon the pysanka. As long as the egg writing custom continues, the world will exist. If, for any reason, this custom is abandoned, evil - in the shape of a horrible serpent who is forever chained to a cliff - will overrun the world. Each year the serpent sends out his minions to see how many pysanky have been written. If the number is low the serpent's chains are loosened and he is free to wander the earth causing havoc and destruction. If, on the other hand, the number of pysanky has increased, the chains are tightened and good triumphs over evil for yet another year…