Holidays, customs and rituals Polessye (1990)

Documentary №39259, 2 parts, duration: 0:19:58
Production: Centrnauchfilm (CNF)
Director:Afanasyeva N.
Camera operators:V.Demin


The film tells about the ancient beliefs, superstitions, rituals and festivals, preserved in the villages Polessye.

Reel №1 Holidays, customs and rituals Polessye

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The film tells the interweaving of paganism and orthodoxy in popular culture Polessye.

The film shows fragments of national holidays - "Radonitsa," "Driving Boom" and Triad.

Recorded plots of mermaids, "forest owner", talismans against evil forces (sinhr.).

Filmed stories about houses, mermaid, witches, sacred birds and trees (sinhr.) are shown rites protection from hail and lightning, wedding decorations tree.

The shooting took place in the villages of Brest, Gomel and Zhytomyr regions.

The film was filming: types of rural settlements, a life of rural residents, landscapes Polessye herd of horses grazing in a field.

Key words

Rural settlements.

Calendar: 1990

Locations: Belarus [845] Ukraine [229]


Filming was carried out in the villages of Brest, Gomel and Zhytomyr regions.

Seasons: Spring [825]

Reel №2

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Folk festivities in the village.

The villagers talk about the holiday.

Mill in the field.

A man talks about sorcerers.

Grandma tells how she was almost ruined by evil people.

A resident of the village tells about witches.


A woman and a man talk about cuckoos.

Decoration of a wedding Christmas tree.

The forester tells about the signs associated with trees.

A broken birch tree.

A woman tells about a hazel tree - a holy tree in Polesie.


A resident tells about plants against conspiracies.

The Feast of the Trinity in the Ukrainian village.

Locations: Belarus [845] Ukraine [229]

Seasons: Spring [825] Summer [824]

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