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What is meant by a proverb “Meet on clothes, and see off on mind“?

As often in school days we heard the Russian proverb: “Meet on clothes, and see off on mind“. So adults spoke to us “grown wise“ life experience, putting at the same time value: and mind - that is more important than clothes, it is unimportant how you are dressed, the main thing - that in your brains!

As we were unscrupulously deceived! However, it is impossible to accuse adults of that time of the malicious fact of concealment of truth from younger generation - they and were deceived in the same way. And today we, having become adults, the same we go on to the growing-up offsprings. And they do not trust us. And correctly do!

Children in general at the level of intuition feel better us, adults, sense of the Russian national fairy tales, proverbs and sayings. Therefore if you are not sure for 100% of correctness of the interpretation of this or that proverb or the fairy tale, do not explain it to children better. Just read or tell - without analysis of sense (same not a lesson of the Russian literature), let`s young inquisitive mind most find truth. Suddenly it will get to the bottom of an essence? And then also to you will explain value of a proverb.

For example, the same proverb “Meet on clothes …“, it appears, it can be considered absolutely from other point of view. And why meet on clothes? Because the clothes of our ancestors - it were the business card, a complete description of what is represented by this person.

In - the first, in different regions, in different districts the clothes were different. And having met the person in definitely cut out clothes, it was already possible to draw a conclusion - from where it.

In - the second, the clothes very accurately reflected the status of the person. For example, if two girls about one age got to you (yes though twin sisters), it is very accurate it was possible to determine their social status by their clothes. Let on one the shirt be put on just, hair are braided to one spit and drawn by a ribbon. The second over a shirt has something like a skirt (ponyov), and hair at it are collected at least under a simple scarf, or perhaps and under more intricate headdress. It is possible to tell precisely: the first girl unmarried, and her sister - a molodukha, is already married.

Also social standing easily was determined by clothes. Dresses of the nobility and princes were allocated with thin manufacture of fabric, precious jewelry, special colourful patterns and bigger length. The military clothes could not be confused about any another on special breed and uzorochyyu with a set of perunitsa, solar and military signs of honor. The clothes of peasants whose main kind of activity was agriculture differed in the fact that it was simple in a cut, but are sound, strong, plentifully decorated with signs of fertility, the earth, the sun, elements of the nature. On festive and ceremonial clothes of peasants images of the Slavic deities promoting fertility and prosperity, patronizing crafts were embroidered.

But most of all, it is more than a style, breed and material, the embroidery on clothes “said“ about the owner. Absolutely different ornaments were applied on clothes in different life situations, and even the same symbol can be read differently. For example, the rhombus in men`s wear means that the man is related to processing of the earth, in female is an ability to a child-bearing: at the girl it is possible to meet a set of empty squares (the field is not sowed), and at the married woman, young - the set small with points (the field is sowed and fertile), at elderly women is large squares and their small quantity (otplodonosil).

The main symbols for the girl were: Goddesses are patronesses of destiny, a sort symbol, wood ornaments, a symbol of the patron of day of its birth, earth symbols (besides, lands, different from female symbols, - at those generally it was represented either opened, or already sowed) and female crafts.

The clothes of boys abounded with fire symbols, solar symbols, images of totemic animals, hand bells - jingles and symbols of man`s crafts.

Young girls have fertility symbols, at young young men - military. On wedding shirts - swans, grapes.

Therefore met on clothes: clothes, the patterns embroidered on it could “tell“ also about to what people the person from what he sorts in what regions lives, family or not how many he at it children, than is engaged etc.

A here saw off “on mind“ belongs. Suddenly you arrived in princely clothes, you were met as the prince (as great soldier), and it turned out that you not only others, but also yourself cannot protect.

Yes - and … And it would be quite good if and now people learned “to meet on clothes“, estimating not the cost of your clothes, but semantic loading which it bears.

Now in fashion, however, many get on national ornaments on themselves what got in style and - la Russian Perhaps it is worth at first trying to understand what for symbolics you on yourself try on?