Pechera

Pechera

 

(also Bugskie Porogi), a health resort in Vinnitsa Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, located 27 km from the Rakhny station. Summers are warm, with an average July temperature of 19°C, and winters are mild, with an average January temperature of – 5°C. Annual precipitation totals approximately 500 mm. The resort has a sanatorium for patients with tuberculosis of the bones and joints.

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Their costumes include terrifying masks with bulging eyes, gold-embroidered shawls over the neck and back, a pechera covering the chest, and a pollerin (skirt) with 300 old coins tied at the waist.
Purple socks and pechera, the insignia of the rank of Monsignor, serve the function of armour guarding him against Guardia Civil, which, on the Mayor's admission, "respects purple socks" (Greene 1982: 68).