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ETNOGRAFICHESKOE OBOZRENIE • 2-2017


S.D. Sinchuk
The Ornitomorphic Image of the North-Russian Hut: A Semantic Reconstruction Drawn on the Materials of Slavic Culture
[Ornitomorfnyi obraz severorusskoi izby: semanticheskaia rekonstruktsiia na materiale slavianskoi kul'tury]

Svetlana Sinchuk | http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3590-1653 | svetl.sinchuk@yandex.ru | Stavropol State Pedagogical Institute, Zheleznovodsk Branch (14 Svobody prospekt, Zheleznovodsk, pos. Inozemtsevo, 357430, Russia)

Type of publication: Research Article

Keywords
Slavic folk culture, Northern Russia, wooden architecture, house types, hut, roof, image, symbolism, bird, riddle

Abstract
The author lays down an argument that there might have existed a symbolic and semantic link between the images of the hut and the bird in archaic notions of the early Slavs. She explores a wide range of data on the Slavic folk culture. The image of the bird, which was often used as a sacrificial object in house building, most likely influenced the very appearance of the house itself. The article focuses on the ornitomorphic facets of the traditional North-Russian hut and examines the bird symbolism engrained in its features. The author dives into a variety of issues and topics from the tradition of decorating roofs with the images of birds to the use of bird-like architectural terms and other figures of speech and to the curious presence of birds in folk riddles about huts.

Citation (Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., Author-Date, article titles not enclosed in quotation marks)

Sinchuk, S.D. 2017. Ornitomorfnyi obraz severorusskoi izby: semanticheskaia rekonstruktsiia na materiale slavianskoi kul'tury [The Ornitomorphic Image of the North-Russian Hut: A Semantic Reconstruction Drawn on the Materials of Slavic Culture]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 2: 106-121

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Submitted 21.05.2016 | Accepted 01.07.2016

 


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