Czech women delight me, especially mothers and daughters together. Attempting to open a conversation with a pair a few years ago at a Veletřižni Palác show called “National Style: Culture and Politics,” I noted how there were six busts of Tomas Masaryk to just one of Edward Beneš. “Masaryk is obviously very important to you Czechs,” I said. Mom agreed and seemed ready to engage but her serious daughter dismissed me like a lazy student. “Of course, what do you expect?” I was expecting a best-case scenario involving a shared jaunt through the rest of the First Republic and then flirty coffees at the museum café, but instead I shuffled off alone to study 1920s Czechoslovakia. Daughter was right: Masaryk
As you know, the history of the Czech Republic is full of great personalities, unforgettable stories, and legendary events. Today, we decided to dig deeper into the origins of Czech legends and their ever-changing meaning. Do you know any of them? Do you know their purpose? What about the story of Horymír and Šemík? If yes, great job, pals! If not, tune in to read and learn more about it! The legend dates back to the time when the prince Křesomysl was ruling in the Czech lands. The main characters of the myth are the prince, Horymír, the farmer who was living in the countryside near the village Neumětely, and his horse, Šemík, which was incredibly intelligent for an animal.
When I just came to the Czech Republic, one of the few things I knew about Prague were scary stories about the mysterious creature known as the Golem. Imagining him in the dim light of the magnificent Prague Castle or on the streets of the Jewish Quarter felt like the best way to spend my time while looking through the plane window. But who was the Golem and why do we still talk about him? Just like in all tales, the Golem was created for the sake of good, not evil. His creator was Rabbi Löw, who was seeking to protect the Jewish population from pogroms back in the 16th century. Rabbi Löw used mud from Vltava-river and a special