Slavic wedding: what role in it was played by a tub - the slouch?
the Grain coil called in the people of slouches, dezhy was perceived by our ancestors as live, animated and besides representing a female bosom and connected with process of the birth of bread as analog of the birth of the person. For this reason the responsible part in ancient wedding ceremonies was assigned to it.
In a number of places it was accepted to seat on the slouch, covered with a sheep casing, the groom with the bride. It was considered as a symbol of their future happiness, material welfare and a possession of many children of a family. The custom of a wedding obryazheniye of the bride put on the grain coil, more precisely, than a combing and putting on of a female headdress instead of maiden had a wide circulation.
There was even a ritual according to which after that the bride was put in Tagus, and she had to jump out of it. In compliance with success of a jump built the forecast for easy childbirth (in successful first attempt) and even on unhappy destiny in a marriage (if the girl hardly coped with this sports task).
In some regions the bride brushed to wedding the girlfriend or the friend was led round around a table and brought to a dezha: if honor its maiden was spotless, then she could sit down on a tub, otherwise had to be content as a seat with a stool which was held just in case nearby.
In general in nevestinsky test ceremonies very important part was assigned to the slouch. In Belarusian Polesia, for example, entering for the first time the house of the groom, the bride had to attack the right leg (or even both) the turned Tagus covered with a bench hammer or a homespun cloth which was exposed in gate, in the yard or on a house threshold.
Was considered that it is confirmation of innocence of the girl. If it did not save virginity to a wedding, then had to bypass a tub or jump through it. Attempt “to outwit“ Tagus, that is to step into it, without having to that the right, admitted a sin with far-reaching consequences.
In this case, on a belief, “the bride pritopcht the bread“, and seven years will be a crop failure, the cattle will begin to perish, children to die in infancy, and the eternal dissonance is guaranteed to spouses. Sometimes, however, to this ceremony also the groom was attracted, - then its sacral sense consisted in a relief aid of happy family life of young people.
Slavs put the grain coil before an entrance to the room where young people should spend the first marriage night - as a fertility symbol. And sometimes it carried out even more surprising role. The matchmaker in the house of the bride dimmed a cloth of Tagus, covered with a cover, and filled on it rye grains. The girl in confirmation of “honesty“ had to get up on a cloth and in the presence of all, that is publicly change underwear and clothes on new. It symbolized the new birth it in the house of future husband.