Ponice

  • Ponice

    Ponice is a little village in the district of Rabka-Zdrój, situated in a valley between the peaks of the Gorce Mountains. Like many other little settlements, it quickly changed its nature. This is why it is difficult to find well preserved historical sites in its landscape, apart from a mill, roadside shrines, an old stone church and very few wooden buildings.

     

    Ponice

    Ponice is a little village in the district of Rabka-Zdrój, situated in a valley between the peaks of the Gorce Mountains. Like many other little settlements, it quickly changed its nature. This is why it is difficult to find well preserved historical sites in its landscape, apart from a mill, roadside shrines, an old stone church and very few wooden buildings.

  • Bronisław Malinowski

    The picture of old Ponice was fortunately preserved in one of the sketches by Bronisław Malinowski (1884-1942). This outstanding anthropologist, traveller and the author of Dziennik w ścisłym znaczeniu tego wyrazu [A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term], who, as a child, suffered from fits of convulsions and irritation and thus spent several years in the mild climate of Rabka and its region: “I remember my peers telling «tales» of houses made of stone and stone churches with stone towers, there was a whole mythology about paved streets and carriages…

    Bronisław Malinowski

    The picture of old Ponice was fortunately preserved in one of the sketches by Bronisław Malinowski (1884-1942). This outstanding anthropologist, traveller and the author of Dziennik w ścisłym znaczeniu tego wyrazu [A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term], who, as a child, suffered from fits of convulsions and irritation and thus spent several years in the mild climate of Rabka and its region: “I remember my peers telling «tales» of houses made of stone and stone churches with stone towers, there was a whole mythology about paved streets and carriages… That urban world was familiar to me, but strange to my friends. This was my first experience of duality, variety in the world of culture. In that very village, there were wooden houses with no chimneys, large stoves on which you could sleep on cold days. The village consisted of a dozen or so houses and a wooden church, the priest guided his flock by the local saint’s cult [there was a strong cult of Virgin Mary in Ponice, which was connected with a copy of Black Madonna painting from Częstochowa present in the local church – note by ezp.] The family was simple, honest and strict. On Sundays, family meetings were held, on which difficult issues – rows and gender-related problems – were solved with patriarchal prudence under an old pear tree. There was an inn run by an unforgettable Jew, the only villager who had any contact with the outside world.” [ezp].