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Issues of Theory and Practice
. Tambov: Gramota, 2014. № 5. Part 2. P. 62-65.
SCIENTIFIC AREA:    Study of Art
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Dzheniya Saida Rodikovna
Saratov State Conservatory named after L. V. Sobinov

Abstract. The article reveals the content of the traditional sepulchral rite and the peculiarities of the sepulchral lamentations and funeral songs of the Abkhazians (by the material of folklore expeditions in Gudauta region). The characteristic feature of the musical filling of the Abkhazian sepulchral rite is described. The traditional sepulchral rite with its musical accompaniment is one of the summits of the national song creativity, an indicator of the people’s giftedness and musicality. Studying the musical-ethnographic aspect and genre variety of the rite allows revealing some artistic peculiarities of the Abkhazians’ traditional art.
Key words and phrases: погребальный обряд, похоронно-поминальная обрядность, причитания, плачи, оплакивания, воздушное погребение, вторичное захоронение, sepulchral rite, sepulchral-funeral ceremonies, keening, lamentations, mourning, air burial, reinterment
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