Traditional folk culture

Table of Contents

  • Sources of influences

    Estonia has stood on the cultural dividing line between Eastern and Western Europe for centuries, one could even say for millennia. The impact that such ...
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  • Physical environment

    There are various methods and principles for systematising folk culture. The easiest way is to divide the folk culture into two parts: the physical environment ...
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  • The way of life

    A household could use a certain piece of land — the farm — that was cultivated and for which the family had to pay rent to the ...
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  • Circle of life

    The ancient Estonians' concept of the world was based, above all, on the image of the circle. People started to perceive time as linear only ...
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  • Wedding

    A very characteristic feature of Estonian wedding customs was the passivity of the bride and the groom. Although they were the most important people of ...
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  • Death

    Death, being a sorrowful and inevitable event, lead to people trying to identify different omens of death. It was generally believed that hearing tapping and ...
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  • Annual circle

    The other cycle restricting man’s life, the circle of time (or the annual circle) repeated itself over and over again. The same things happened ...
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  • Folk belief

    The characteristic feature of Estonian folk belief is pluralism, expressed in the belief in various spirits and fairies which lacked mutual hierarchic relations. The spirits ...
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  • Folk costume

    The development of Estonian folk costume was, over the centuries, influenced by the fashions of the upper classes and the traditional costumes of neighbouring countries ...
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