« 2017. #3 (135)

The Ethnology Notebooks. 2017, 3 (135), 604–614

UDK 39:638.1051

https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2017.03.604

TRADITIONAL WEDDING OF DNIEPER UKRAINE UKRAINIANS: THE WAX CANDLE RITUAL FUNCTIONS

Movna Uliana Vasylivna, Ph.D in History, senior researcher

at the Department of Historical Ethnology

of the Institute of Ethnology

of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Svobody Avenue, 15, Lviv, 79000,Ukraine.

Contacts: Tel. (032) 2970157; e-mail: ina@mail.lviv.ua

Abstract. A special investigation of ritual functions of the wax candle on the wedding rituality of Dnieper Ukraine Ukrainians is reali¬zed. Its multifunctional semantic role as a symbol of humans` existence, ritual equivalent of human itself, erotic energy catalyst, a sign of universal idea of prosperity, procreation, magic defence and cleaning, its` role as a mediator between Man`s and Woman’s, means of marriage agreement legalization and consolidation of brides into one common family hearth are expo¬sed in the article.

Keywords: wax candle, wedding, rituality, semantic, Dnieper Ukraine, Ukrainians.

Reseived: 11.04..2017

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