The four seasons are equally as important as one another, for each holds its own beauty, and all are necessary and essential for nature’s cycle.
Winter is my personal favourite season of them all. It’s so beautiful! (I’m so not biased with my love for it or anything) The frost sparkles in the gentle sunlight like the most precious of jewels while the chill in the air whispers of long forgotten memories and secrets from a bygone age. Although the colours have faded to plunge us into a world of monochrome, there is a haunting beauty in seeing the skeleton of a tree being buried by the snow.
Or, at least that’s what winter is meant to be like. The UK’s winter so far has been a disgrace. It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring! What were once green fields are now lakes, and what were once roads are now rivers. We’re swimming around here. Floods galore!
The seasons are very significant to the Ilimoskus since they are, of course, deeply entwined with nature itself, and because we are in winter, I thought I would share with you exactly what winter means to them.
In the Kurpian language, the word for winter is ‘natbua’ (pronounced: “nat-bwoh”).
Winter is the time of ‘cold nature’. It is the season of death – or simply the end of nature’s cycle – and is the time for reflection; for this reason, it is considered to be the most spiritual and intellectual season, for while nature lies dormant, they can see the world through a new, temporary vision, and reflect over the year that has passed them by. Akin to the season of spring, winter is the symbol of patience and hope, yet this time it is not in such pleasant surroundings. They must conquer any negativity during adversity and live with open minds and open eyes, for only then will they appreciate the importance of this arduous season, and see the beauty both at present and the impending beauty of springtime. With every uphill climb there is a downhill roll.
Winter is said to be the season of the Agwikus (the water folk) due to the quiet reflection and understated beauty associated with this time in nature’s cycle. In addition to this, cold conditions are an Agwikus’ favourite.
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