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Issues of Theory and Practice
. Tambov: Gramota, 2017. 3. Part 1. P. 112-114.
SCIENTIFIC AREA: Historical Sciences and Archeology
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CLOTHES AND ATTRIBUTES OF A MATCHMAKER-MEDIATOR AMONG THE CHUVASH PEOPLE

Petrov Igor' Georgievich
R. G. Kuzeev Institute of Ethnological Studies of Ufa Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Abstract. The article aims to show peculiarities of appearance of a Chuvash matchmaker-mediator, whose duties included conducting pre-wedding negotiations with the fianc?es parents. On the basis of literary and archival sources the paper examines certain "peculiarities" of a matchmakers clothes and describes items he should have had. According to the author, masquerade elements in a matchmakers costume were, on the one hand, to emphasize his special status and to inform people on his mission, and, on the other hand, promote success of the whole matchmaking ritual.
Key words and phrases: , -, , , , ethnography, the people of the Volga-Ural region, the Chuvash people, marriage and wedding, wedding customs and rites.
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