St. Petersburg, Russia

This is the official Postcrossing postcard (RU-1183336) that came from St. Petersburg, Russia. A really nice night view of the Palace Bridge, the spire of the Admirality and the dome of St Isaac’s. Cute stamps, too. I haven’t scanned them, but they are showing a rabbit, and a deer. :D

Ukraine & Brazil

Guess what? Here’s another postcard from Kiew, Ukraine!! It arrived two days ago! :)

 

The second postcard that arrived that same day came from Brazil. Happy looking postcard, although I have no clue what it says. I think it’s a poem about flowers… but what do I know. :)

Taiwan (TW-282444)

This is a postcard from Taiwan that arrived today. I don’t have that many from Taiwan so it’s alawys a nice surprise to receive one. ;)

It shows the aboriginal tribe dance, the “Pas-ta’ai”, the ritual to the short people. It’s a ritual of the Saisiat people, the aboriginal people of Taiwan. It commemorates a tribe of the “Little Black People” who they say used to live near to them, which some anthropologists believe may have been a tribe of Negritos who may have lived in Taiwan centuries ago, although there are no Negritos in Taiwan today.

The story says that the “Little Black People” wer using magic on Saisiat people, so Saisiats decided to fight back and to destroy the relationship between the two groups. A consequence of that fight was a very poor harvest for Saisiat people, and that is why they have a ceremony to worship the Negritos‘ souls.

officials :)

Two official Postcrossing cards that arrived this morning!

Unfortunatelly I can’t really tell what exactly do the pictures show cause the description is written in German, but still the postcard is pretty to look at. :)

 

This postcard came from Odessa, a city in Ukraine. Odessa is also the biggest port on the Black Sea. The sender, Anya, said this postcard actually shows the view on Istambul which is right across the sea from Odessa.