Podbliudnye Pesni

Podbliudnye Pesni

 

folk songs associated with fortune-telling at Christmas. The term podbliudnye pesni is derived from bliudo, the word for a dish or cup filled with water, from which a ring or other object belonging to a participant in the fortune-telling was pulled at random. The song performed at this time supposedly predicted the fate of the object’s owner (success, good harvest, a wedding, old maidhood, misfortune, illness, or death). Many of the songs were riddles. Podbliudnye pesni are mentioned by V. A. Zhukovskii, A. S. Pushkin, and other writers.

REFERENCES

Poeziia krest’ianskikh prazdnikov. Leningrad, 1970. Pages 137–236.
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