Ivan Vahylevych

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Ivan Vahylevych / Jan Wagilewicz
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Born (1811-09-02)September 2, 1811
Yasen, Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria
Died May 10, 1866(1866-05-10) (aged 54)
Lemberg, Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria
Pen name Dalybor Vahylevych
Occupation romance poet, philologist, ethnographer, public activist
Ethnicity Ukrainian
Citizenship Austria-Hungary
Education Theological Seminary (Lviv)
Alma mater University of Lviv (1839)
Literary movement Ruthenian Triad
Notable works The Dniester Nymph, 1836

Ivan Vahylevych, Jan Wagilewicz, (born 2 September 1811 in Yasen, today in Rozhniativ Raion, Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine - died 10 May 1866 in Lviv) was Romantic poet, philologist, and ethnographer of the Galician revival in Western Ukraine.


While studying at University of Lwów and at the Greek Catholic Theological Seminary in Lwów, he associated with Markiyan Shashkevych and Yakiv Holovatsky, and the three of them formed the Ruthenian Triad. Vahylevych neglected his studies at the university frequently in order to make field trips to villages in western Ukraine, where he conducted archeological and ethnographic fieldwork.[1] Because of his populist activities, cultural nationalist views, and correspondence with scholars in the Russian Empire, namely Mikhail Pogodin, Izmail Sreznevsky, and the Ukrainians Mykhailo Maksymovych and Osyp Bodiansky, he suffered harassment by the church and Austrian civil authorities. In 1846, he was ordained. He served as a pastor in Nestanychi for a while. During the Revolution of 1848–1849 in the Habsburg monarchy he supported a democratic Polish-Ukrainian political federation. Being a democratic Polish-Ukrainian political federation sympathizer, he took up the editorship of Dnewnyk Ruskij, the weekly run by the Ruthenian Congress.[1] Later that year he left the Uniate church in protest against the church hierarchy's sanctions against him and converted to Lutheranism. Ostracized by most Ukrainians and by the church, he was unable to find steady work until 1862, when he was appointed to the city archives in Lviv.

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During the period from 1829–41, Vahylevych wrote poetry in Polish. He signed himself Jan Wagilewicz.

In 1836, he co-edited Rusalka Dnistrovaia, the first Galician Ukrainian almanac. He published articles on some bizarre, albeit popular, subjects like vampires and witches. He also authored important articles on the Hutsuls (1838–9) and the Boikos (1841), which were published in the journal of the Czech Museum in Prague.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Ivan Vahylevych". Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 

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