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Issues of Theory and Practice
. Tambov: Gramota, 2016. № 5. P. 137-139.
SCIENTIFIC AREA: Historical Sciences and Archeology
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WEDDING RITUALS OF THE NORTH CAUCASUS MOUNTAIN JEWS: TRADITIONS AND INNOVATIONS

Murzakhanov Yurii Isaevich
Kabardino-Balkarian State University named after H. M. Berbekov


Abstract. The article examines the traditional wedding rituals of the North Caucasus Mountain Jews. To trace the innovation processes somehow affecting certain aspects of the modern wedding rituals of the North Caucasus Mountain Jews the author focuses on their wedding cycle rituals of the past. The paper concludes that the wedding of Mountain Jews nowadays is carried out according to the traditional ritual but pre-wedding rites (viewing of the bride, matchmaking, engagement) and wedding celebration itself have undergone cardinal changes. Field ethnographic materials served as sources for the study.
Key words and phrases: горские евреи, свадебные обряды, брачный возраст, калым, венчание, брачное свидетельство, свадебное торжество, Mountain Jews, wedding rituals, matrimonial age, bride price, wedding ceremony, marriage certificate, wedding celebration.
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