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Publicistic Work of Valentyna Borysenko

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Hromova Nataliya
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Hromova, N. (2020). Publicistic Work of Valentyna Borysenko. Folk Art and Ethnology, 4 (386), 114–125.


Hromova Nataliya

A Ph.D. in History, an associate professor at the Department of Ethnology and Local History of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University. ORCID ID:


Publicistic Work of Valentyna Borysenko



The article is dedicated to the publicistic work of the Doctor of History, Professor Valentyna Kyrylivna Borysenko. She has celebrated the 75th anniversary of her birthday on July 7, 2020. She is a scientist without whom it is impossible to imagine the development of modern ethnology. Thanks to her titanic and self-denying teaching, scientific, popularizing work she is widely known not only in Ukraine but also abroad.

V. Borysenko articles in newspapers for the last 40 years are considered in detail. They are dedicated to the chance of historical and ethnological sciences and relevant educational branches of science in the higher education institutions, the transformation of traditional folk rites and folklore in Ukraine in Soviet times and during the independence period. Peculiar attention is paid to the researcher’s published works, where she blames the misrepresentation and falsifications in the field of folk culture, which have nothing to do with the true traditions and beliefs of our ancestors. Also the scholar’s studies, dedicated to the urgent problems of the present time are considered. These are namely the recognition of Holodomor of the 1932–1933 as the genocide of Ukrainian people, the status of Ukrainian language as the only state one, the myth on polyethnic Ukraine, because of which the educational, cultural and language rights of Ukrainians as the indigenous people are oppressed.

In her articles V. Borysenko calls to study culture and history of the own people thoroughly, to speak Ukrainian, to strengthen our Ukrainian ethnic identity, our patriotism in order to prevent separatist processes in Ukraine and to preserve the independence and sovereignty of our state.



Valentyna Kyrylivna Borysenko, publicistic works, ethnology, history, language, traditional culture.



  1. BEREST, Liliya. The Weddings will be Happy (Interview with V. Borysenko). UkrainianWord, 1996, March 28 [in Ukrainian].
  2. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Andrew, Andrew, I’m Sowing the Hemp… Government Messenger, 2012, December 13, 1, 11 [in Ukrainian].
  3. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Beware of Berehynia. Time, 1997, December 4–10, 11 [in Ukrainian].
  4. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. March Holidays. Rodoslav, 1993, March, 3 [in Ukrainian].
  5. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. The Blessed Time. According to Our Ancestors Traditions the Soil Has to Rest from the Intercession of the Theotokos to the Annunciation. Khreshchatyk, 2004, October 15, 8 [in Ukrainian].
  6. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Wedding is not a Cultmass Event. Rural News, 1987, March 28, 2 [in Ukrainian].
  7. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. We are Studying Chełm Land and Podlachia. Literary Ukraine, 1995, October 5 [in Ukrainian]
  8. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Virka Smerdiuchka Accompanied by… (Ethnologist’s View on Usualness). Woman View, 2000, March 23–29, 2 [in Ukrainian].
  9. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Maidenish Beauty is Summer Dew. Rural News, 1992, March 6, 4 [in Ukrainian].
  10. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Girls, Wait for the Matchmakers! Government Messenger, 2012, October 13, 5 [in Ukrainian]
  11. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Good Holidays Come to the House. Rural News, 1993, December 28, 4 [in Ukrainian].
  12. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Songs Live in the Stefanyk Region. Life and Word, 1988, September 12, 6 [in Ukrainian].
  13. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Jesus Christ is Borning! Praise Him! Government Messenger, 2013, January 5, 6–7 [in Ukrainian].
  14. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Bridecake-Paradise, I’m Adorning You. Rodoslav, 1991, August, 8 [in Ukrainian].
  15. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Shrovetide is Celebrated by the Whole Community. Khreshchatyk, 2005, March 11, 16 [in Ukrainian].
  16. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Shrovetide, Shrovetide, You are so Sweet. If You are Seven Weeks and the Fasting will be One! Government Messenger, 2013, March 12, 1, 8 [in Ukrainian].
  17. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Past and Present of Ukrainian Ethnology. Ukrainian Word. Litavry, 2017, February,15 [in Ukrainian].
  18. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. The Myth on Polyethnicity of Ukraine. YoungUkraine, 2002, March 27, 7 [in Ukrainian].
  19. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. At the Wedding in Podillia. Our Word, 1989, February 5 [in Ukrainian].
  20. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Spring is Seeing off and Summer is Greeting on the Green Week. Government Messenger, 2012, June 2, 6 [in Ukrainian].
  21. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. I’ve Gone to the Shrovetide in Order to the Cabbage will Yield. Rodoslav, 1993, February, 4 [in Ukrainian].
  22. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Women has Led a Goat on the Shrovetide. Government Messenger, 2017, February 25, 6 [in Ukrainian].
  23. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Folk Treasures. Rural News, 1988, September 22, 4 [in Ukrainian].
  24. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. The Red Egg is not Far. Government Messenger, 2012, April 14, 6 [in Ukrainian].
  25. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Political Mythologization of the Problems of de-Russification in Ukraine. Ethnic History of Europian Nations. Kyiv, 2001, 11, 4–10 [in Ukrainian].
  26. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Feast of the Seviour has Come, Take the Gloves to the Stock! Government Messenger, 2012, August 18, 5 [in Ukrainian].
  27. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. The Wound from the Losses Still Hurts… How the Marxist Scholars ‘Count Up’ the Number of Holodomor Victims. YoungUkraine, 2015, December 8, 9 [in Ukrainian].
  28. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Clear Day. On Holy Easter Evil Spirits have been Burnt Near the Church, People also Dance and Sing Spring Songs. Khreshchatyk, 2005, April 29, 5 [in Ukrainian].
  29. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. How Many ‘Minorities’ are There in Ukraine? Young Ukraine, 2019, January 15, 6 [in Ukrainian].
  30. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. How Many ‘Nations’ Live in Ukraine. Government Messenger, 2017, June 9, 5 [in Ukrainian].
  31. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. A Planned Action of Ukrainians Genocide. Khreshchatyk, 2008, September 17, 14 [in Ukrainian].
  32. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Fear of Revival: Why the Laws on Ukrainian Language and Education Cause Hysterics Among the Representatives of ‘Russian World’. Young Ukraine, 2020, June 12 [in Ukrainian].
  33. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Mysteries of Christmas Eve. Express, 2007, January 4–11, 3 [in Ukrainian].
  34. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Traditions and Vital Activity of the Ethnos (According to the Materials of Festive and Ritual Culture of Ukrainians). ATeaching Aid. Kyiv, UNISERV, 2000, 191pp. [in Ukrainian].
  35. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. The Holiday is in the House. On the Traditions of Ukrainian Folk Rites. Rodoslav, Special issue, 1989 [in Ukrainian].
  36. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Those, Who hasn’t Married Should be Logged. Young Ukraine, 2002, February 26, 11 [in Ukrainian].
  37. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. ‘Sharovarne’ and Authentic. Day, 2005, September 3, 8 [in Ukrainian].
  38. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. She Hasn’t Even Spun the Rushnyky, but Already Loved Mykola... Government Messenger, 2012, July 7, 5 [in Ukrainian].
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  40. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. Study the History of Your Homeland in Order not to be Deaf. Young Ukraine, 2005, May 12, 10 [in Ukrainian].
  41. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. If You don’t Eat Borsch for Three Days, It will Become Frightfully on the Heart. Government Messenger, 2012, February 24, 8–9 [in Ukrainian].
  42. BORYSENKO, Valentyna. What Novorossia can be in Slobozhanshchyna? Government Messenger, 2016, December 17, 4 [in Ukrainian].
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  44. KONTORSKYKH, Iryna. When the Cuckoo has Choked with the ‘Mandryk’ (Interview with V. Borysenko). Express, 2006, July 11–12, 2 [in Ukrainian].
  45. MUZYCHENKO, Yaroslava. Light for Souls. Holodomor Researcher Valentyna Borysenko Tells about Ukrainian traditions of the Perished Honouring. Young Ukraine, 2007, November 23, 9 [in Ukrainian].
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