In chapter 22 of The Bee Keeper’s Daughter, we meet Natasha, referred to as a witch but in modern times she would have been a pharmacist. While her character is fictional, there are actual petroglyphs on Lake Onega, Russia, in the city called Besov Nas. The tea package in the photo is adorned with the images from real Russian glyphs in Besov and across the Siberian landscape further East.
Natasha is an intriguing character because she deals with the conflict of the time, where medicine and witchcraft were often confused and condemned. Her naturalist methods cure Vladimir, the ship’s quartermaster, and introduce Maria to the idea of healing through nature. Natasha, formerly Natalya, makes an impact on Maria that is felt later in the story. Readers may notice…Continue reading
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