In Russia, the attitude towards bread was respectful and strict. Demanding rules of conduct were dictated not so much by etiquette as by centuries-old folk traditions, passed down in the family from father to son for thousands of years. Following the code of “bread rules” promised people prosperity and a measured, harmonious course of life, an addition to the family. Indeed, in bread, according to folk legends, the life and power of the Russian person were embodied, and the personal share of each was connected with bread.
Mistresses began to burn the stove and prepare for baking bread with prayers, blessing them in the early morning. And the flour and the rising bread sourdough were cooked by the cooks before being put into the oven. In Russia, they also did not forget special conspiracies inherited from great-grandmothers: “Mother stove, cover my bread, bake it in a good way.” And before starting to cut the baked bread, he was “baptized” three times with a knife.
Bread on the tablecloth
The bread was never laid on a bare table, only on a tablecloth, a ritual bread towel – a rushnyk embroidered along the edges with magical charms. Otherwise, people risked dooming themselves to a “hungry”, like a table without a tablecloth, hungry life. The bread was always laid with the crust up and not cut side to the side of the door, never left a knife in the loaf – all this was done so that the bread was always kept in the house and the household was healthy.
At the table NO LAUGHTER
The bread was revered in Russia as a shrine, it was impossible to laugh at the table, and even the kids were not allowed to indulge. A feast is a strict ritual; according to popular tradition, even the most innocent laugh at the table could turn into tears and the most severe troubles.
Cut the bread with a knife and not break
In Russia, it was not allowed to break bread. A broken piece of bread was served only to the poor, but not to himself, otherwise, his whole life will be broken, like a beggar’s beggar. Breaking bread, we destroy the correct and smooth course of life.
Pagan knowledge and prohibitions are deeply embedded in our minds, a Russian person knows from somewhere that you can’t leave a bitten bread. Grandmother said: “So you leave your strength!” Or “A bitten piece will not chase you” like an orphan abandoned by parents. A piece of bread left half-eaten threatened with orphanhood, widowhood, loss of human strength and a happy share. In the religious consciousness of the people of Russia, a piece of bread became the bearer of a person’s prosperous fate and determined his future social status. It was impossible to cut off a new piece of bread without milking the first piece.
It was impossible to eat up a piece of bread even for family people, so you can deprive them of something, deprive them of something important in life. The Russian proverb says, if you eat someone else’s piece, you will take someone else’s power or share.
BREAD CANNOT BE DISCARDED
Since ancient times, the national consciousness has maintained a lean attitude towards bread. Throwing bread was considered a heavy, unforgivable sin in Russia. Even moldy bread should not be thrown away; it should be fed to birds.
Bread should always be cut smoothly, then a person’s life will be calm and smooth.
The loaf of bread has always been a symbol of the family (it was from here that the expression “cut chunk” came from – a person who forever left his father’s house and broke away from close relatives). Therefore, when it was peeling or breaking when baking bread, it was considered a harbinger of contention in the family or a long trip of one of its members.
“AT LEAST OLD, AT LEAST IN A NEW, AND WITHOUT BREAD WITHOUT BREAD.” Indeed, everything in life passes, everything changes, but such eternal and simple values as bread always remain with us.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BREAD
In England, the title “LORD” was associated with the cult of bread. Translated, “LORD” means “food procurer.” Given the fact that the main food product was bread, it is precisely about its production that we are talking about in the title “LORD”.
If you translate the word “LADY”, it turns out that it means – “KNEADING BREAD”. LORD was looking for a product, and LADY was preparing this product.