Amber Wolf Ografena

        Ografena, forgive me for a small digression from the original.      

        Agrafena Kupalnica is a day in the national calendar of the Eastern Slavs, which falls on June 23 (July 6). The name of the day comes from the name of Saint Agrippina of Rome. On this day there was an active preparation for the bathing night. Since that day, bathing in rivers and other bodies of water has been considered safe in many localities, collection of grasses began, trial mowing began, knit brooms and brooms began to knit

     In many places only from this day they begin to swim, "get bogged down". There are even common bathing, accompanied by songs. On Agrafenu necessarily washed and soared in the bath, harvested bath brooms for the whole year..

     One of the most common bathing rituals is the pouring of water by every counter and cross. So, in the Orel province village boys dressed in old and dirty and sent with buckets to the river to fill them with muddy water, or even just muddy mud, and walked through the village, showering each and everyone, making an exception, except for the elderly and youngsters. But most of all, of course, went to the girls: the guys broke into the houses, dragged the girls into the street by force, and were swept from head to foot. In turn, the girls tried to take revenge on the guys. The end result was that the young people, soiled, wet, in their clothes clinging to the body, rushed to the river and here, choosing a secluded place, away from the strict eyes of the elders, bathed together, "and," as the ethnographer of the 19th century notes. "Of course, both boys and girls remain in their clothes."      It is believed that by this day fierce herbs and roots in the juice, and the herbs are radiant in strength. The villagers decorated the houses with brooms, bunches of grass and bouquets of flowers. In the morning of this day the Vologda peasants said: The Kupalenka arrived on seventy trolleys. She brought us the Bath of Goodness and Health, Wealth and Honor. And they believed and saw that she was traveling, washed by the dew, dawn-dusk, on the carts lined with mown grass, decorated with bouquets of flowers, cherished by the wind light-winged, of the seven Vetrovich brothers, the younger brother. Goes beautiful Agrafena with Ivan Kupala to see. On this day, bun baths were prepared for the whole year. For this, the girls and women after the dinner harnessed the horse and left for the forest to break the young birch branches. Sometimes brooms made from different species of deciduous trees and plants, then each broom entered the branch: from birch, alder, cherry, willow, linden, currant, viburnum, mountain ash and a branch of different varieties. These are ritual brooms: one of them is soared on this day in a bath, others are having recently placed cows, others are finally thrown over their heads or thrown to the roof by baths in order to know the future (if the broom falls to the graveyard, then the dying person dies, and if not the top, it will survive). Procurement of brooms went under the singing of songs. By the evening, they are necessarily washed and soared in the baths, using at the same time for healing from diseases different medicinal herbs. They steal a broom from the Virgin Mary grass (thyme or thyme) and fern, ivan-da-marya and daisies, from buttercup (bathing-house), wormwood and mint fragrant. In some Great Russian regions, just before the agrarian bathing-place, the village girls gathered to talk and pounded barley in a mortar, accompanying this simple work with songs. In the morning, on Agrafena, this barley was cooked in a basket of porridge, eaten in the evening. This porridge was also treated to beggars. In some localities on Agrafena day, the Bathing Maidens walked in their best outfits to their homes and asked: "Wash", which meant - give something of the girlish jewelry: earrings, ribbons, beads and so on. The Russians had a belief that if you wash your face with dew this evening, then you will be healthy. Songs were heard all day and night. The girls at Ivan-day were wondering: they found a plantain on the road and addressed him with the words: "Plantain, plantain, you are sitting on the road, you see old and small, say my darling." After that, the plant was ripped open and put under a pillow for the night. The obligatory event of the day Agrafena-bathing-place - collection of herbs, roots for medicinal and znacharian purposes. At Ivan Travnik, desperate peasants and women in the dead of the night take off their shirts and till the morning sunset they dig roots or look for treasures in treasured places. And the healers, going to bed, read "homemade prayers." There was a custom on the night of Ivan Kupala "roll out rye" - ride on the rye, rye rye. In the eastern and western Slavs there was [when?] The custom to clean the wells on the eve of Ivan Kupala; in the villages of southeastern Poland believed that the water in the wells would be especially "healthy" if it was cleaned on the day of St. Yana. THERE !!!!     

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