What and why not thrown in Russia
Today, people can easily part with unnecessary things, just sending them to the trash. But in ancient times in Russia it was completely different. Some subjects, under pain of death could not make out of the house and personal belongings closely watched so that they do not hit the birds, witches or sorcerers.
Hair and nails
Today, making a manicure or haircut in the barber shop, people are unlikely to think about what will happen to their hair and nails. In ancient Russia to treat this very seriously. It was believed that witches nails and hair can be used for carrying out their sinister rituals - love spells and damage.
Also, people believed that if a bird finds strands of hair and apply them as a building material for its nest, the man whose hair is feathered chooses, will suffer severe headaches. Therefore sostrizhennye nails and hair strands recommended disposed of properly and not throw anywhere, that no witches, no bird could not take advantage of them.
There were several ways. The first option - to hide at home, but so that no one has found. The second option - to dig into the ground as deep as possible. The third - to burn at the stake, and the last - to put on the flowing water. Today, some do, keeping the toilet hair tied with a comb or nail clippings.
Bread - a head
In the Slavic peoples to bread treated as the most revered product. His tray bride and groom, they greeted the guests. Despite the effort involved in the manufacture, in Orthodoxy bread was considered a divine gift, so the attitude was always anxious.
This product is too hard to accrue to - to get a loaf of fragrant bread, worked ploughmen, sowers and reapers, millers and bakers. On the mechanization of the labor question was not at that time. Because no piece should not have been an abyss, the latter used to tithe.
Stale bread soaked in water or milk, so that it can be eaten. Moldy gave cattle and poultry. If formed excess bread, distributed it to the poor.
From time immemorial there is a tradition to make crumbs of bread. It was dried on the Russian stove, in the sun, do like little crackers in the form of cubes, and conventional, in the form of a loaf.
Objects related to religion
Religious subjects in Russia is not never thrown away. From generation to generation, from the older to the younger transferred icons and crucifix, religious books. They were kept, cherished and used as long as they do not fall apart in the literal sense of the word. Ancient icons, darkened, so that the face is not visible, were considered main asset of the house.
If all the same with items apart, this was done according to the rules - or gave them to the church, or buried in a place where no one ever goes. Was inadmissible to someone stepped on your feet conditional grave of this thing. And the last option - allowed by flowing water, believing in the healing power, and assuming that the water itself will make the thing where waiting for her.
The things that belong to dead people
By the things of the deceased treated very tenderly. It was believed that the soul does not immediately go to heaven, and another forty days rushing, he wants to return to the body, grieving and suffering. Therefore, those who lived in the house of the deceased, after the tragic events should not have to touch the clothes, utensils and other things to the deceased until the forty-day period ends. After that the soul had to find rest and go to hell or heaven. People who ignore these rules, according to ancient legends could go after the deceased. They said that the deceased can "pull the" perpetrators behind him on the sky. Of course, such a perspective few people relish.
After the end of forty days, things could already touch - use at your discretion, just to destroy, not to reminisce about their owner, or give it to charity. Everyone chooses the way, which was to their liking. But things in the trash trying not to throw away, considering it a sin and disrespect to the former owner. This rule is followed by some today.
Scraps, and what he said about it Domostroy
Pieces of tissue always finds its application in the economy. Patches are not released and used for decoration of clothes, sewing blankets and swaddling-clothes, doll clothes and doll themselves, patches and so on. If you read some chapters Domostroi, you can find there advice on sorting fabrics according to their softness and color. Textile things used to physical wear and tear, some erased, altered in children's clothing - due to its softness, they are very well suited for this purpose. Came in complete disrepair textiles used for cleaning the cottage.
Today quilts and rag dolls from colored fabrics have become sought-after area of handicrafts. They are happy to have become craftsmen, bought at fairs and even in stores. In the world there are courses Patchwork (quilting), where you learn to do from the remnants of fabric patchwork beautiful things. Hand Made for many years not going out of fashion.
Just rubbish - what to do with
it is the expression "dirty linen in public can not stand" Since ancient times. Today it is used, when they want to convey the idea that domestic troubles is not necessary to put on public display. Previously, it had such a profound meaning and meant only what is available in the house garbage is simply burned in the oven, warming and giving comfort.
Waste sorting and purposeful gathering held in the XVIII century. For example, kiln ash is transported into the field, where it was used as a fertilizer. In the cities there were scavengers who were hired to collect bones and dung, rags and nails thrown careless owners. Fine dust was acquired factories for the production of bricks, a large left to farmers for fertilizer production. Construction companies were interested in the broken bricks, rags and bones found its home in the junk wagon.