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The Krasnohirskiy Pokrovskiy Monastery is situated in the village of Bakayivka near the town of Zolotonosha in Cherkaska Oblast of Ukraine. The monastery is growing now. New nuns are coming here to live in. There is no space in the main monastery’s territory to accommodate all newcomers. Therefore, a new subsidiary of the monastery has started being developed at the opposite side of Bakiyivka. Such a separate part of a monastery is called a skete.

I am standing in the middle of the skete, trying to capture the process of constructing a new church. The crane is moving, and the group of constructors is intensively and loudly working, using their professional language, which has many specific terms and, unfortunately, a lot of swear-words. At this time, two nuns are walking behind me. I can hear their conversation:

Younger nun: “Do you know what these words mean?”
Older nun, suspiciously: “What words?”
Younger nun: “Well, the words "Mayna" and "Vira"”.
Older nun, with a sense of relief: “"Mayna!" means "Pull down!", and "Vira!" means "Lift up!"”

GPS coordinates: 49.69949 Lat, 32.06136 Long, 93 m

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