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Sergei M. Pronchenko

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Sergei M. Pronchenko — PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Branch of Bryansk State Academician I. G. Petrovski University in Novozybkov, Sovetskaya St., 9, 243020 Novozybkov, Bryansk Region, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0382-3059
E-mail: s.m.pronchenko@yandex.ru


Theory and history of culture




Vol. 66


pp. 8–29


August 18, 2021

Approved after reviewing

March 15, 2022

Date of publication

December 28, 2022



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The publication focuses on the unique local traditions of the folk spiritual culture of the Russian-Belarusian Bryansk-Gomel borderland. They include the features associated with the calendar (Christmas, Annunciation, Easter, Ascension), rituals of the life cycle, beliefs, folk medicine and magic. The idea of the modern linguocultural situation in the south-western regions of the Bryansk region bordering on Belarus is enriched by considering the units of the language of spiritual culture, many of which also denote ritual artifacts. The linguoculturological material of the paper is compared with other studies of the traditional culture of the Bryansk-Gomel borderlands, regional dictionaries, the Dictionary of Russian Folk Dialects, and the compendium Slavic Antiquities. The characteristic-local traditions considered (distinguishing schedrovkas by gender — for the owner and hostess, the image of the “goat”, inviting frost, cooking three types of kutia, the rituals of “driving an arrow”, “candle”, “parting of the mermaid”, bylichki about well-wishers, the widespread use of healers and others) are also represented in the Belarusian traditional culture of the Gomel Polissya and the Dnieper region, which confirms the common cultural past and present of the Bryansk and Gomel regions.


Bryansk-Gomel-Chernigov ethnocontact region, southwestern regions of the Bryansk region, East Slavic folk spiritual culture, regional forms of traditional culture, ritual discourse, units (terms) of the language of spiritual culture, ritual artifacts, naive consciousness, ritual practice, mythological representations.


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