A stork («busel» in Belorussian) is sacred bird for every Belorussian man. According to the ancient myth, stork is a man or an angel, punished by God for his curiosity and therefore turned into a stork. Our ancestors believed this bird possessed some magic power. A stork was a guardian of the harvest and family well-being, he brought children to parents, he was connected with ancestors and so on. This sacred bird protected family and the whole nation against evil. So the main purpose of the exhibition «Storks» is to represent the image of a stork (as well as some other birds) through traditional Belorussian embroidery, weaving, national costume and some other aspects of folk culture.
There are some variants of the legend mentioned above. The most common is the following: once upon a time there lived a curious man, and God gave him a bag full of reptilians and asked to throw them into hell abyss. But the man did not obey and opened the bag to have a look at reptilians; they ran away and spread around the Earth. In order to punish the man, God turned him into stork and made him collect all the reptilians. That is why stork's menu mainly consists of frogs, snakes and other reptilians.
Another old legend says that stork once was a young man? Cursed by his father and thus turned into a stork. He can't help protecting his nearest and dearest and thus lived near their house. People strongly believed a stork was some kind of an angel, heavenly guardian.
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