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The Ethnology Notebooks. 2017, 4 (136), 835–842

UDK [394.3:398.33](477.54/.62+477.52).:130.2

DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2017.04.835

THE GROUP WALK IN CALENDAR RITUALIZM OF SLOBODA UKRAINIANS AS THE CULTURAL PRACTICE

Oliynyk Nataliagraduate student of department

of direction of the Kharkiv state academy of culture.

Lowering of bursa, 4, Kharkiv, 61057, Ukraine

Contacts: tel. (057) 731-13-85; E-mail: rector@ic.ac.kharkov.ua

Abstract. The group walk is considered to be an element of traditional ritualism. There are certain kinds of the walk such as in a straight line, in a circle and arbitrarily, and by a specific trajectory which are analyzed. During performing of any type of the walk the ritual action would gain sacral and magical meaning. For strengthening its effect declamation, singing, attributes (sacral; specially made for a holiday; certain objects or things which gained sacral meaning during a ritual) were used. Eventually, the group walk changed on a contrary to the traditional one and gained the new form and the new significance: an accurate breakdown into the columns and lines, and a ceremonial walk down the streets. In modern cultural practices the walk is also a part of common events but it lost its sacral and magical significance.

Keywords: group walk, calendar ritualism, sacral and magical actions, change, cultural practices.

Received 15.06.2017

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