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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

Society

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Okroshka and Dacha

Okroshka and Dacha
Two Highlights of the Russian Summer

Reading / society
The Russian summer is characterized by dacha summer houses and cold okroshka soup. What is the origin of these two cultural phenomena? Aleksei Morozov
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Inhuman Slaughter

Inhuman Slaughter
How Warriors Dehumanize Themselves

Reading / society
History suggests that, in order to kill, people must reject their natural reflexes—often by taking on an animalistic identity. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Stop Singing in the Shower

Stop Singing in the Shower
The Global Water Crisis

Magazine / society
Access to clean water is far from a universal right across the globe. We must urgently address this, before it’s too late. Maciej Wesołowski
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Is War Natural?

Is War Natural?
On Human Aggression

Reading / society
While some scholars suggest that war is an innate, biological phenomenon, others argue that it is rooted in social and cultural factors. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Apostle of (Inner) Peace

The Apostle of (Inner) Peace
The Life of Thích Nhất Hạnh

Magazine / society
Thích Nhất Hạnh, the spiritual father of mindfulness, lived a remarkable life focused on empathy, forgiveness, and peace. Paulina Wilk

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The Maple’s Face

The Maple’s Face
The Trees of Childhood

Magazine / society
The trees of our childhood – with their exceptional shapes, boughs and presence – can feel very human, almost like old friends... Michał Książek
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The Origins of Immortality

The Origins of Immortality
Prehistoric Beliefs in the Afterlife

Magazine / society
The archaeology of prehistoric burial sites suggest a number of interesting aspects to the belief in life after death. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Iron People

Iron People
A History of the Celts

Magazine / society
The history of the Celts stretches back thousands of years and across the breadth of Central and Western Europe. Maciej Świetlik
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The Yellow Dragon of the Yellow River

The Yellow Dragon of the Yellow River
The Colour Yellow in China

Magazine / society
Across thousands of years, the colour yellow has held many meanings within Chinese society and culture. Aleksandra Woźniak

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Vatas, Pittas and Kaphas
healthy living

Vatas, Pittas and Kaphas
An Interview with an Ayurvedic Therapist

Magazine / society
Ayurvedic therapist Patrycja Sadowska explains what doshas are, and how we can practice Ayurveda, far from its native India. Maria Hawranek
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Practise Courage, Abstain from Wrongdoing

Practise Courage, Abstain from Wrongdoing
The Role of Celtic Druids

Magazine / society
The Celtic Druids possessed great knowledge and were highly respected, yet they tended to be violent – and did not have to be men. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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The Goddess of Yoga
sports

The Goddess of Yoga
The Life of Indra Devi

Magazine / society
The life of Eugenie Peterson led her from Riga to Bombay and eventually Los Angeles, where – as Indra Devi – she became Hollywood’s first yogi. Piotr Żelazny
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All the Queen’s Agents

All the Queen’s Agents
Britain’s Global Influence

Magazine / society
British soft power – as expressed through the likes of James Bond and the Queen – has led to the United Kingdom’s language and culture conquering the world. Piotr Żelazny

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The Body as a Whole
healthy living

The Body as a Whole
Traditional Chinese Medicine

Magazine / society
Traditional Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to preventing disease and treating the body. Aleksandra Woźniak
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Animal Persons

Animal Persons
An Interview with Marta Bogdańska

Reading / society
Marta Bogdańska, creator of the “Shifters” art project, talks about the history of humans (mis)using animals in armed forces and intelligence agencies. Berenika Steinberg

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The Forest Broadcast

The Forest Broadcast
Birdsong in Spring

Magazine / society
Spring is the best season in which to hear the chorus of birdsong that emerges from nature – in forests, meadows and urban parks. Adam Zbyryt
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healthy living

Healing Exercises from Tibet
How to Practise Tsalung

Reading / society
Tsalung – a Tibetan yogic practice – combines both breathing and physical exercises to further support meditation and mindfulness. Dominika Bok

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Breathe In, Gently
healthy living

Breathe In, Gently
The Problem with Excessive Breathing

Magazine / society
Excessive breathing can entail too little carbon dioxide in our body, which can lead to numerous health complications. This can be solved with diaphragmatic breathing. Jakub Bas
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Culture in Crisis

Culture in Crisis
Anxiety in Art and Literature

Reading / society
In times of crisis, painters and writers have channelled anxious expression through their art. What might this reveal about our present state of precarity? Enis Yucekoralp

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My Plans for Suicide
archives

My Plans for Suicide
On Why It’s Worth Living

Magazine / society
Death is, in fact, banal! One of authors suggests a major reversal in how he evaluates his life in this article from the 1967 edition of “Przekrój”. Jan Stoberski