"letter to the virgin mary". catalina viejo lopez de roda
Berehynia is the Ukranian Goddess of Protection. While some argue that she is a recent invention, made up to personify the new independence of Ukrainian women, her symbols have been used for centuries in pysanky (egg-decorating) and rushnyky (embroidery of ritual cloth). Her form, a woman with her arms raised, has been modified through the centuries but has remained a symbol of protection.