The paper is devoted to the life cycle rites of the Tatars-krjasheny living in the Volga region. These rites are the integral attributes of symbolization for the most important events in daily life of people: birth, reaching of manhood, marriage and death. Necessity of consideration of this theme is caused by two reasons: firstly, analysis of the life cycle rites in the context of common cultural experience allows to express an ethnic and confessional originality of any people; secondly, thorough study of this or that tradition suggests finding out of a cultural resource, innovations for a developing society. In the author's opinion, the life cycle rites of the Tatars-krjasheny serve as a reflection of supreme goals, which are wider and more considerable, than life space, and have other ontological bases. The value of the rites is not pressing need but symbolism. They are performed without distinction of that it is necessary to all practical purposes. The ceremonial action has a special force, severity, intensity that is not an exterior form but an appreciably-significant event for its participants. In spite of the fact that development of the life cycle rites in the 20th century was accompanied by its unification, caused by the antireligious policy of the Soviet Union, urbanization and interaction of the Tatar population of the Volga region with other peoples, they are the keepers of ethnic originality of the Tatars-krjasheny.
Larisa Lepeshkina, Volga Region State University of Service, Russia
Stream: Cultural Studies
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