Circle, so clearly enshrined in the zone, in all cultures of the world was considered the ideal form, inaccessible to evil spirits. According to popular belief the different countries in the zone, as in every round, was the power opposes the evil spirits and diseases. In contrast to the special shamanic girdling as the belt-talisman played any belt worn daily and each girded by his faith gives him the power of a talisman.
Belt use in conspiracies to keep health. With belt tried to expel the disease or pass it.
In the canonical Hindu book "Atharvaveda» (I millennium BC. E.) Is plotted for a long life, addressed to his belt, "Oh now, we put it into thought, wisdom! .. I embrace you in the longevity of the belt! ".
In Russia, with fever advised to go to the forest to find aspen, bow to her and say, "Aspen, Aspen, take my quagmire, let me Jerome," and tie it to your belt.
According to popular belief with the belt, as the magic circle, you can protect yourself from evil forces.
On Russian folk traditions, belted person "demon fear, forest spirit in the forest will not start", so, going on a journey, artisan or merchant Wear a belt.
In Russia, the XVIII century were walking folksy medical books. In one of them it is written: "And of all the sorcerers and against any damage to the naked body are knitted belt. And while the talisman can not act in any witchcraft. "
In Polesie (Zhytomyr) believed that witches can be caught like a noose, with the hallowed zone.
Red belt, presented his wife to her husband, protected him from the evil eye, slander and charms of other women.
In the XIX century in the county Shenkursk Arkhangelsk region was thought that the belt is able to protect the widow from harassment evil spirit that wants to visit her in the guise of her late husband.
At People Cupid recently widowed woman wore a belt of a fishing net, in order to protect themselves from the evil spirit that brought the death of her husband.
In Komi, when a stranger came to the house of a man, all the boys had to be girded. And if any of them are without a belt, then immediately after the departure of the visitor mother carried out cleansing rituals.
In the folk traditions of different countries through established border zone between his and others symbolically attracted to good home.
In Belarus, the head of the family was in a new home first, and then drew his belt all the rest.
In Komi Zyryan puzzle putting the belt is compared to the construction of fortifications around the fort, "… meet [the two end zone] and cut down the city."
In Central Russia, it was believed that with the belt can "fix" the cattle to the court. In Vladimir province novokuplennuyu cattle conducted after banding, postlannuyu gate, saying, "forget the old master, get used to the new!".
In the southern Russian villages during the first grazing now spreading out to the barn, or the threshold of the court gate, so that the animals safely back home. To the same end zone tied to the horns of a cow or put the shepherds in the bag. Hosts anxiously watching to exit cow "not dragged their feet" now, as it promised misery on the way to pasture.
In the Russian North before the first grazing hostess spun linen thread three times, whispering: "As this pleteshok lagging so cute skotinka Scourge in the courtyard of his footsteps from step to step. Nowhere is mistaken, either in the dark forests, or in the green meadows or in the fields of clean … ". This belt is worn until the hostess grazing. Before she removed it from yourself and have dug out of the yard with the words: "If times are hard and tight around me kept so tight circle cow yard hold."
Some ritual acts with a belt were aimed at stimulating the male and female fertility and the protection of the pregnant woman.
According to the Serbian top XV century Lykov belt treated for male infertility.
Russian custom gird herbs on St George's Day for pregnancy had, in all probability, deep pagan roots.
Replacement of a pre-Christian ritual was custom according to which Russian women without children in the hope of getting pregnant by wearing a piece of belt priest.
Orthodox Serb from Prizren and the surrounding area encircled old churches woolen thread from which they are then woven belt and put on themselves to get pregnant. Serb-Muslim women have also used this rite, but initially they girded wool yarn mausoleum of Sheikh Hussein in Prizren.
In pregnancy, women began to wear a belt Komi her husband, believing it more powerful talisman than his. They are not recommended unbelt even at night, to avoid nightmares ("strangles house").
Time was needed both in life and after death. It was believed that in the afterlife a person ought to be girded. Therefore, now is included in the scope of the death of clothing in different places in different ways used in the mourning rituals.
In most provinces of Russia, was buried the dead, now unbuttoned, so as not to interfere with the soul finally leaving. According to legend, if you do not, then the dead had not acquired the rest.
In some provinces of Russia late belt tied at one site, especially if the husband or wife of the deceased had hoped to re-marry.
In Russia, when the coffin was carried out of the yard, the gate tied belt to protect the house from repeated deaths. Horse, carrying the coffin to the cemetery, were not on the reins, and his belt.
In Belarus, the funeral home owner for the removal of his body from the yard gate red sash tied to the owner after the plague did not go on livestock.
In Ukraine with the wires from the house of the deceased relatives are often tied belt gates, "so that more was not dead."
In southern Macedonia belt of silk waist girdle the deceased, which protected the outcome of the forces of the family of the deceased.
No belt in dishonor
In the myths and legends of many peoples of the world now is a sign of belonging to the world of goodies. In Russian folklore, "no cross, no belt" appear only negative characters. Hence the expression "let himself go", that is to violate the norms of morality. The inhabitants of the other world, taking human form (mermaids, fevers, etc.) produces no belt. The characters of many tales that have contact with the evil spirit, explains the "raspoyaskami."
Treacherous wife epic hero Dobrynya Nikitich Marina Ignatyevna, calling to his dragon tower, leaning out of the window in his shirt without a belt.
According to old Russian legends, who left without a belt "besporyahoyu" becomes a victim of evil spirits, often devil.
In Russia was common expression "to deprive (impeached) belt", which means "to deprive the military rank."
According to Russian custom, the person was considered degraded, when he publicly tore belt. In 1433 the wedding of the Grand Duke of Moscow Vasily II nicknamed the Dark (reigned 1425-1462 gg.) And Mary, daughter of Prince Yaroslav Borowski. During the feast the Princess Mother Sophia Vitovtovna to show the superiority of his son tore specific Zvenigorod Prince Vasili Kosoy (reigned 1421-1448 gg.) Embroidered with gold and precious stones belt. Thus, it dealt a serious insult to all sort of Princes Zvenigorodskys, which led to years of civil war between cousins for power. The history of the most famous in ancient Rus belt dates back to the Suzdal Prince Dmitry Konstantinovich (1321-1383 gg.), Who gave it as a dowry for his daughter Eudocia, became the wife of Dmitry Donskoy (1350-1389 gg.). Moscow Vasily tysyatsky Velyaminov this belt switched to other, smaller, and the real Mikula gave his son married to a sister Evdokia Mary. So, now the family of Dmitry Donskoy was in the side line and the prince as dowry passed several generations until it got Basil Diagon. In this belt, and he was at the wedding of Grand Duke. Sophia Vitovtovna now considered the property of his family, so he plucked from Zvenigorod guest.
Removing the belt meant baptismal communion with the other world, so it is removed along with the cross in procuring "fern flower" on the night of Ivan Kupala, in search of treasure, during the performance of pagan rites against epidemics and loss of livestock.
In many countries, there was a belief that can harm humans, making the belt over his various magic acts.
According to legends of the Poles and Belarusians, with twisted belt witch could "turn" the whole wedding belt in wolves.