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Slavic rite perepekaniya child: a shovel — and in the oven? ..

Rite perepekaniya child (Belsky Municipal Museum, www.nationalcard.ru)

"Scary" places in folk tales, Baba Yaga when Sinister tries to put on a shovel and put it in the oven Tereshechku / Ivashechko, actually — an echo of the ancient rite "perepekaniya child", which, despite its antiquity, was very tenacious and elsewhere persisted until the XX century, and even longer.

In addition to the records of ethnographers and historians, survived and literary references to this action, which was very common among our ancestors. For example, he was subjected to as a child Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin, according Khodasevich, who left us

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