Ask the wind: beliefs of our ancestors

Deifying nature, people in ancient times believed that the winds — being alive and endowed with great strength, they were called masters. According to Slavic mythology, the four winds, East, South, West and Midnight, are the sons of the old woman — the mother of wind. A god of the winds was Stribog, whose name means "senior", "paternal uncle." And there was more wind spirit (he wind, walking in, Vetrostnaya power, wind power, wind husband).

The Slavs were other "wind" gods. For example, embodied Dogoda quiet pleasant breath of air, and was associated with clear weather. He is depicted as a red-faced young man with blond curls. True, he did not get along with his brother Pozvizdom, responsible for storms and bad weather. With beard flowed last rains caused breathing mists. When severe Pozvizd shook his head to the ground hail.

Oh spring wind said he brings the seeds of the country's rain and break the endless summer buds of trees. Winter blizzard, to convince our ancestors happen because evil spirits on the run in a fist blow. Vstrechnik — a whirlwind, who raced down the road, considered the embodiment of the wedding line with the witch. In ancient legends mention the wind, which sits on a chain on the horizon, and the twelve whirlwind, chained to a rock in the distant ocean, if any of them manage to escape, the storm begins.

In another version, they are chained in a cave some character named "holy with the poker." In the Orthodox tradition is Procopius, Ustiug miracle worker, the blessed, who represented the three poker in his hand. In different localities were, of course, the features in the representation of the winds. Thus, in the Astrakhan edges Northwest called "grandfather in tattered hat."

I asked the help of winds, for example, going to the swimming. In this case it will certainly take care to ensure a favorable wind. To achieve this, as thought it was possible in several ways. In the northern regions, there is a belief that to command the winds afford the Finns and Lapps. They were invited on board to perform the ceremony, which was called — the purchase of wind. Published in ruslife.org.ua

He was to hold a special prayer service at the end of which the rope or scrap of fabric stockpiled arbiter ritual tied three nodule. — This action allows you to manage though winds on the way: the outbreak of the first node called for a light, the second — a strong, third — hurricane.

There was a coast-dwellers and even more bizarre way. First, it was necessary to pray during the day a roadside cross, then all of the village at night to go to the river and wash it in the boiler, then hit a log on wind vanes (the rotating steel cap on the chimney, directing the smoke in the wind, in order to improve traction) and finally … from memory count twenty-seven bald people out of the familiar.

According to ancient legend, the north wind swept once harvest grain from a poor man, and he went to the Father, the winds from the complaint. Winds father sat on a high hill in the form of an old man in a red cap, and after listening visitor called a ward, that he gave to the poor tsennostyami.Opublikovano ruslife.org.ua

To the wind and turned for advice: "Ask the wind, would not answer?". If long muzzle cold supposed to pray quietly angel, that he blew out the south wind. And even in love affairs appealed for help to him. For example, there was a conspiracy, "the seven violent winds", which appealed to them inspired by the love of the heart of a girl who does not meet the guy in return.

In many folk tales is the wind helping the hero, which he does not receive any of the month, or the sun. And Pushkin read: "The wind, the wind, you are powerful, you chase flocks of clouds …" In general, as a rule, more honor enjoyed the wind at our ancestors. But it is good to still get along somehow without hurricanes, right?

Valentina Ponomareva

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