In the vicinity of St. Petersburg live mysterious people

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In the five-hour drive from St. Petersburg is the village of Vinnitsa, where representatives of a few, but perhaps one of the most original and mysterious peoples of Russia — Veps. The earliest mention of Veps VI refers to in n. e. It is believed that they had come to Russia from the Baltic States and settled in what is now Karelia, Leningrad and Vologda regions. Despite the fact that Veps accepted Orthodoxy, their culture, and today is a plexus of Christian and pagan traditions.

The village Vinnytsia while away the long winter evenings, as many years ago. Seniors sing ditties, tell stories, and stories of a past life. Younger listen lying on the stove. "I went to school from 8 years in 1946. I did not know a single word in Russian. Veps teacher only after the institute. And if it's a change of hear what I say in Vepsian, the reduced assessment "- says the veteran village Vinnytsia Taisa Andreenko.

The earliest mention of Veps VI refers to in n. e. It is believed that they had come to Russia from the Baltic States and settled in what is now Karelia, Leningrad and Vologda regions.

Taisia Ivanovna in the village is affectionately called "our vepsyanochka." It can and national patchwork collect and sweet pies with oatmeal bake. House she too old, Vepsian. To retain heat, such houses were built with low ceilings and small windows. Inside only one room. "In my parents' house we slept side by side. Mom was making a straw mattress and we all eight sisters and slept, the parents on the edge "- says Taisa Andreenko.

Washed Veps of old, as well as Russian, in the oven, so famous for good health. Despite the fact that in modern Vepsian hut there is a gas cooker and a washing machine, her heart is still a big Veps stove. From it comes the heat throughout the house. On one side of the bed, and on the other plate. This mistress knows that it is on a plate obtained delicious wickets, balls and cereal.

In Vinnytsia Regional Museum carefully collect everything about life Veps. Special attention is paid to the mythology and rituals. Despite the fact that Veps took Christianity in the XX century, their whole culture is literally riddled with pagan mythology. Veps believe in goblins, forest and water spirits.

"Before, people could not explain why there was a fire, we thought that it was some evil spirit to blame. Then these days, people installed cherished holidays, and each year the humours of the pagan gods to accidents there were no more ", — says the head of the studio arts and crafts Anna Mills.

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