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Bereginja Rozhanitsa

Bereginja Rozhanitsa.
 
The close to archaic [bereginyam] ancient-Slav female deities of fertility and life itself, whose cult preceded the cult of the man patriarchal deity of kind, but it remained also in the 19th Century. Judging by the earliest iconography of their [rozhanits] they initially presented in the form two [losikh]. [Rozhanitsam] included also anthropomorphous means the harmonies - goddess of summer fertility, love, youth and beauty, patroness of marriage, and her daughters Of [leli], connected with the spring and autumnal calendar ritualism. In the Christian time the celebration of [rozhanits] occurred in September, by nature this was the holiday of harvest. There was also [poverie] about [rozhanitsakh] as about the young virgins - the goddesses of fate, who dwell everywhere: before the sky, on the earth and underground, in the caves and the houses. Are known also mythological ideas about three [rozhanitsakh]: they are present in the house with the appearance of a child at the light and then they actively influence its [sudbu] (“star”). One manages by kinds,  another - marriage connections, the third - by death.
difference from [beregin], which did not leave their iconography, the graphic symbolism of [rozhanits] is sufficiently clearly determined. In the people embroidry of the Russian north are represented two types of the iconography of [rozhanits]: 1) usual female figure in the long ornamented clothing; 2) the symbol of the giving birth to woman (into [t].[ch]. and “[olentsov] of small”), whose decorative conditionality chastely hides physiological details.
 
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