The Village – Part 4
The man turned out to be incredibly knowledgeable. He told us that despite the fact the village was named “Babin,” no one with that last name had ever lived there. Fascinated, we asked him how the village came by its name. His answer was based solely on legend. It goes something like this:
A long time ago, when the Huns were invading Europe, they came upon a settlement. The invaders quickly laid siege to the settlement, which forced most of the people out. Only one person, a grandmother, remained.
Eventually, the villagers, her son included, came back to repel the invaders. They found the grandmother still alive and as fiery as ever. At the next town meeting, the people decided to name village after the old woman.
“Baba” in Ukrainian translates to “Old Woman (and is also short for “Grandmother”). When the genitive case ending is added to denote possession, you end up with “Babin”.
Hearing this story made the trip overwhelmingly worthwhile. Shortly thereafter, we headed out of the village and back to Chernovitse.