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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...or for that matter in Europe. Dalarne is the cradle of Sweden's independence and when we see the stately good looking people rowing their boats on their way to church Sunday morning on the lake Siljan, we can understand, why these men in by-gone days have been, I may say, the backbone of Sweden. When an enemy once stood in the center of Sweden not far from the frontier of Dalarne, the men 'of the province, farmers as well as "bergsman," mine owners, rose like men to defend their homes. The enemy general, hearing of their great numbers asked one of his aids if he knew, how many men the province of Dalarne could put up. "Oh, about twenty thousand, I should think and if necessary they can eat bread mixed with bark from the trees and drink water to it." To this the general replied: "People that eat wood and drink water not even the devil can subjugate, much less I.' He was defeated shortly afterwards. What attracts the tourist to Dalarne is not alone the blue lake Siljan with its high forest covered mountains, but the national costumes still worn by the peasants. There is a rich variety of costumes, different for each parish. Different also for the young girls before and after they are confirmed as well as for the married women and the widows. On the south shore of lake Siljan is the village of Leksand. A Sunday in the large white-washed church of Leksand one can see hundreds of "Masar" (men from Dalarne) and "kullor" (women) in red. flowing or white caps, dressed exactly as they were hundreds of years ago. If we have arrived early enough, we should not go in the church at once but go to the shore and watch the church boats. It is an extraordinarily beautiful sight, when the long church boats come rowing...
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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236653483
  • 9781236653482