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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!

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Magazine / culture
Life-Giving, Lethal, Prophetic
Life-Giving, Lethal, Prophetic
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

Magazine / culture
The Dreams of the Sleeping Knight
The Dreams of the Sleeping Knight
Magazine / culture

The legend of the sleeping knight, who will one day awaken as a saviour, appears in various myths. How can we interpret it?

Monika Waraxa

Magazine / culture
Stairway to Heaven
Stairway to Heaven
Magazine / culture

Mountains hold a powerful place in the cultural imagination, not only as impressive feats of nature, but also as sacred, foundational sites.

Ewa Pluta

Magazine / science
Mythology and Mitochondria
Mythology and Mitochondria
Magazine / science

Oren Harman, author of “Evolution: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World”, talks about Daedalus and Icarus, the power of myths, and the role of storytelling in science.

Tomasz Sitarz

Magazine / society
Walking for Water
Walking for Water
Magazine / society

According to some fairy-tales, wild springs can give us the water of life. Yet according to other folk legends, water sources can also take life away...

Renata Lis

Magazine / society
A Drinking Deer
A Drinking Deer
Magazine / society

From natural springs flow a sort of mysticism; a keen mixture of their purity and rumoured life-giving properties. Where do such tales come from?

Monika Kucia

Magazine / culture
Pure, Invincible, Magical
Pure, Invincible, Magical
Magazine / culture

The myths and history of the ancient Greeks and Romans reveal the ways in which they viewed the sun.

Paweł Janiszewski

Reading / society
The Ghosts of Warmia-Masuria
The Ghosts of Warmia-Masuria
Reading / society

Warmia-Masuria is the home of the Polish lake district and a popular holiday destination. Yet among its rivers and swamps – even in the houses of its locals – live all sorts of menacing creatures...

Marcel Kruger

Magazine / society
Conceiving God
Conceiving God
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

Magazine / culture
Birds of a Feather
Birds of a Feather
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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