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Food without "Soul" Does Not Fill. Social and Ritual Aspects of Yakuts' Traditional Diet

... taboos was the prohibition to pour dairy products onto the ground as this, on the one hand, could cause the anger of patron gods and, on the other hand, bring about the loss of byia , happiness connected with abundance in dairy products, by homeopathic magic law. From the ancient times, Yakuts had a custom prohibiting everybody including householders from drinking new kumis before the festivities of ysyah , or kulun kymyga , were held, which incorporated a libation ceremony to honor the patron spirits of cattle and animals. The folk view was that kumis and butter was gods’ favorite beverage. During feasts it was ...

Modified: 30.04.2010
Yakutia , Sakha , Yakuts' food , ethnography , traditional diet , sacrifice offering , taboo , rituals , magic , food bans , choron , kumis , kumis dishes
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