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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Tomasz Wiśniewski

is a writer (author of the books “O pochodzeniu łajdaków” and “Wstrząsająco przystojny mężczyzna”) and Editor of the Tall-tales section.

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Herodotus, the Pioneer

Herodotus, the Pioneer
The Relevance of “The Histories”

Reading / society
Herodotus wrote “The Histories” nearly 2500 years ago in ancient Greece. Nonetheless, it is still a relevant and influential book for us today. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Life-Giving, Lethal, Prophetic

Life-Giving, Lethal, Prophetic
Water in Mythology

Magazine / culture
The mythologies and meanings of water across history and various cultures seem to share some similarities – from its life-giving properties to the flood myth. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Trials of the Dead

The Trials of the Dead
Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Magazine / culture
The ancient Egyptians – quite unlike any other civilization – placed a huge emphasis on death in their customs, rituals and beliefs. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The End of the World
short story

The End of the World

Reading / literature
Our writer imagines a situation in which the world ends – by returning every animate and inanimate thing to its beginning. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Dream Travellers
healthy living

Dream Travellers
An Introduction to Lucid Dreaming

Magazine / science
Lucid dreaming describes the act of becoming aware that we are dreaming while asleep. How can we practice it and what are its benefits? Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Fable of the Fearful Man
short story

The Fable of the Fearful Man
A Tribute to Nachman of Breslov

Magazine / culture
On the 210th anniversary of the death of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Tomasz Wiśniewski pays tribute to the great tzadik by writing a literary parable. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Bloody Conquest

The Bloody Conquest
The Colonization of the Americas

Magazine / society
The colonization of the Americas is often described as a ‘discovery’ and a ‘great adventure’, words which mask the reality of the bloody genocide that took place there. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Kidults

Kidults
Transcultural Initiation Rites

Magazine / society
The transition from child to adult is important within many cultures, yet in urbanized societies, we seem to have abandoned the rituals around entering adulthood. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Para-Scientific Popularity of Aura

The Para-Scientific Popularity of Aura
A Journey into Morphic Resonance

Magazine / science
Aura is depicted in a variety of art and myths; it is also described by adherents of esotericism. But can it be proven scientifically? Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Monks on Ice
healthy living

Monks on Ice
The Miracle of Yogic Heat

Magazine / society
The Tibetan Buddhist breathing technique ‘tummo’ creates inner heat. The practice of similar techniques might have helped the likes of Wim Hof to achieve the seemingly impossible in extreme cold. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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A Small Reportage

A Small Reportage

Reading / culture
Our reporter experiences a stifling dilemma... Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Conceiving God

Conceiving God
Instructions for Writing a Divine Biography

Magazine / society
Countless deities exist across the various pantheons of human history; alongside those deities are written manifold origin stories. What might these mythologies tell us about how we view childhood? Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather
An Overview of Mythical Flying Creatures

Magazine / culture
World mythology is full of fantastic winged creatures – some bringing terror, some bringing salvation, and some merely playing pranks. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Various Incarnations of Reincarnation

The Various Incarnations of Reincarnation
Is There Life After Death?

Reading / society
A belief in metempsychosis (or the transmigration of souls) has held popular appeal across many cultures – both ancient and modern; through Judeo-Christian and Dharmic religions. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Transformation
short story

The Transformation

Magazine / literature
Our writer imagines an episode from the life of the alchemist Michał Sędziwój, who, after attempting the transmutation of gold, starts to see the world differently... Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Hot Hells, Cold Hells

Hot Hells, Cold Hells
A Tour Through the Asian Abyss

Magazine / culture
Tomasz Wiśniewski presents an overview of the various Buddhist and Taoist afterlife offers for sinners. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Henryk Ochorowicz Steps Across the Threshold
short story

Henryk Ochorowicz Steps Across the Threshold

Reading / literature
In 1935, Henryk Ochorowicz found his soulmate in a small Warsaw bookstore. Unfortunately, she was Queen Marysieńka, a Polish monarch who had died over 200 years earlier. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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A Wise Interview

A Wise Interview

Magazine / culture
Who better to conduct a wise interview about freedom with than an accidentally-encountered passer-by? Tomasz Wiśniewski