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The Ethnology Notebooks. 2017, 2 (134), 305—310.

UDK 398.332.1(=161.2):636(477.86)

DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2017.02.305

SPRING RANCHING CUSTOMS AND RITES OF UKRAINIANS IN POKUTTYA (based on materials from Sniatyn district, Ivano­Frankivsk region)

Pukivskyi Yurii, Candidate of Sciences in History,

Ukrainian Galician Assembly.

Tekhnichna Street 6/1, 79000, Lviv, Ukraine.

Contacts: e-mail: uhalviv@gmail.com

Abstract. The article deals with the consideration of traditional spring cycle of the folk calendar customs and rituals of Ukrainians in Pokuttia relating to one of the most important areas of agricultural activity — cattle breeding. It was found that ranching theme in spring rites manifested in an effort to protect livestock from harmful actions of the sorceress and ensure her health, milk production, the successful development and offspring. Most of relevant rituals associated with the St. George Day. Thanks to the involvement of field ethnographic materials also defined local features of the studied phenomena.

Keywords: folk calendar, spring rites, cattle, customs, rituals, Pokuttya.

Received 15.01.2017

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